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Educators march on Washington to fight gun violence

Report School Gun Violence Prevention and Response Guide

NEA and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund created this guide to help state and local leaders, members, and staff prevent, prepare for, respond to, and facilitate recovery from gun violence in all education settings.
Published: June 18, 2024

Key Takeaways

  1. Gun violence shapes the lives of millions of people in this country who witness it, who know the victims, or who live in fear of the next shooting.
  2. Students exposed to the trauma of violence are more likely to suffer from substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress; struggle in school; and engage in criminal activity.
  3. This four-part guide is intended to help association leaders, staff, and worksite leaders plan and advocate for gun violence safety measures that should already be taking place in schools at all levels.


Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund
people are killed by guns every day


Finkelhor & et al., 2015
children per year are exposed to shootings in the U.S.

Letter from NEA President Becky Pringle

About the National Education Association and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund

Melissa Gibbons sitting at her desk at school and looking straight into the camera, unsmiling
“I don’t know what the right answer is—but I know what we’re doing is not right. Our children are hurting and they’re angry—but they want change.”
Quote by: Melissa Gibbons, Michigan high school teacher and school shooting survivor
three educators wear orange and carry signs to protest gun violence

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