AFT Offers Plan for Creating Safer Schools and Communities and Reducing Gun Violence

the American Federation of Teachersbyline‚ Jan. 10‚ 2013

We have a collective responsibility to ensure that our public schools are safe sanctuaries—both physically and emotionally—for every child, every educator and every community. That’s the first step in creating safe, nurturing, supportive learning environments where teachers can teach and kids can learn and grow.

Each of us was shaken to our core by the brutal massacre of innocent children and educators in Newtown, Conn. Two of the educators who were killed and one who was wounded are part of the AFT family. We grieve for them as we do for the entire Newtown community. Right now, as we still mourn, we have to help those in Newtown heal and we have to act. The instinct to protect, to serve and to love children is at the core of every educator and school employee. It is why educators need a critical voice in ensuring what happened in Newtown never occurs again.