Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (May 10, 2021)—National PTA President Leslie Boggs issued the following statement on the shooting at Rigby Middle School in Rigby, Idaho:
“National PTA and all PTA members nationwide are dismayed to hear of the shooting that occurred at Rigby Middle School in Idaho. As we’ve said too many times, parents should not have to fear for the safety of their children when they send them to school due to gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis, and more must be done to protect our nation’s children and families.
“For years, PTA members have advocated for sensible gun safety and violence prevention policies that will make our schools and communities safer for everyone and save lives. We’ve called for research to be funded on the causes and effects of gun violence on youth and communities, as well as evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence. We’ve also called for education programs to be established to teach students, parents and community members about gun safety and violence prevention.
“At the same time, we’ve continuously advocated for improved mental health programs and services for children and families, including the prioritization of mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services. And this is more important than ever as mental health and social and emotional well-being are among the most pressing issues to address as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“PTA members are first and foremost advocates for the safety and well-being of all children. We must work together, and we encourage everyone to get involved in our efforts to protect every child and ensure every child has every opportunity to reach their full potential. Our association has developed resources for parents to ensure schools are safe and supportive places for their children, as well as tips on how to talk to their children about violence. We also launched a webpage at PTA.org/MentalHealth with resources to help families learn about mental health and some of the most pressing issues and approaches, along with tools to help families cope.”
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