ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Oct. 1, 2015) — The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Laura Bay:
“National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting this afternoon at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Our hearts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the students, families, educators and administrators impacted.
“While the facts are still being gathered, any act of violence at a school or involving youth is intolerable. Every student—no matter what age they are—deserves to learn and grow in an environment that is safe. And the protection of students is of utmost importance.
“It is critical that families, educators, community leaders and elected officials work together to make meaningful changes and find the most effective ways to ensure that all students have a safe environment in which to thrive and learn. It has been, and remains, a top priority of National PTA to prevent and eliminate violence in schools, promote safety for children and youth and improve education.
“National PTA monitors, supports and advocates for laws and programs at all levels in the areas of gun safety, violence prevention and juvenile justice. The association has a strong history of advocating for the safety of children and youth in schools and is committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities 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 and youth.”
About National PTA
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.