AASA Statement on the Sandy Hook, Colorado School Shootings

Alexandria, Va. – Dec. 16, 2013 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement on the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., and Friday’s shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo.

“No one can forget the massacre that took place a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims and their families as a result of this tragedy. However, as we pause to reflect on the horror that took place in Connecticut, another American community has been struck only a few days ago in a Denver suburb.

“What kind of message are we sending to the world, particularly the global education community, that in just one-year’s time, our nation has been the victim of more than two dozen school shootings? We must ask ourselves, ‘Is school safety on America’s short list of priorities?’ If not, why not? If these tragedies do not serve as a serious wake-up call to our nation to take action, I don’t know what will.

“Our children have a right to live and learn in a safe environment. I call on our elected officials to step forward and pass comprehensive school and gun safety legislation.

“This issue must be addressed if we are going to put teeth in our efforts to stop the violence. We must be willing to spend the time and resources necessary to make sustainable changes. As school leaders work to find ways to enhance school safety procedures, federal funding is critical to ensure that schools remain a safe place for our children.

“How many more holiday seasons are going to be tarnished by screaming headlines detailing a school shooting spree? Let’s make 2014 the year that action gets done to help prevent these tragedies. Otherwise, at this time next year, we might be talking about another American community reeling from another December school shooting and many more throughout the year.”

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Watch the video: School safety is among several education issues Dan addresses in the latest edition of AASA’s Beltway Bulletin.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visitwww.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.

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