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National PTA Statement on Fern Creek Traditional High School and Albemarle High School Shootings

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Kevin Chappell, Senior Editorial Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 16, 2014) — The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Otha Thornton:

National PTA is saddened to learn of the shootings today at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, Ky., and Albemarle High School in Albemarle, N.C.

While the facts are still being gathered in both incidents, any act of violence at a school is intolerable. It has been, and remains, a top priority of National PTA to prevent and eliminate violence in schools, to promote safety for children and improve education.

The association monitors, supports and advocates for laws and programs at all levels in the areas of safety, juvenile justice and violence prevention. It is critical that we all work together to find the most effective ways to ensure that all students have a safe environment in which to thrive and learn.

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.