ALEXANDRIA, Va. (June 10, 2014) — The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Otha Thornton:
“National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting this morning at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. The Association extends its sympathies to the students, teachers, administrators and families impacted.
“Although this is a local tragedy, it resonates throughout our country as acts of violence have increased in schools nationwide. The protection of students is of utmost importance, and parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and Congress must work together to make meaningful changes and find the most effective ways to ensure that all children have a safe environment in which to thrive and learn.
“As America’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, it is a top priority of National PTA to prevent and eliminate violence in schools to promote safety for children and improve education. This type of tragedy highlights the importance of the Association’s mission.
“National PTA monitors, supports and advocates for laws and programs at all levels in the areas of safety, juvenile justice and violence prevention. The Association has a strong history of advocating for the safety of children in schools and is committed to supporting students, families, schools and PTAs in coping with and preventing violence.
“National PTA offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded at PTA.org/SchoolViolence to assist in coping with violence and helping to ensure a safe learning environment for all children.”
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National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.