National Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) President Betsy Landers issued a statement in response to the December 14th mass slaying of children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut:
“National PTA feels enormous sympathy for the students, families and communities affected by the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., today. Our country has experienced far too many of these tragedies, and we all share in the sense of loss and hurt.
“School and child safety is one of PTA’s core tenets as it is crucial to effective learning. A traumatic event like that of this morning affects the entire community, especially the families and friends of the victims. This can be an emotional time, and it’s important for people affected by this tragedy to connect with and support each other.
“National PTA has many resources to assist students, families, schools and PTAs in coping with school violence. The resources are downloadable at PTA.org/SchoolViolence.
“National PTA believes the protection of children in all school settings is a fundamental right and has made this the utmost priority for our work and advocacy.”