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National PTA and Tennessee PTA Statement on School Shootings in Houston and Memphis

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Noelle Motley, Marketing Communications Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Oct. 5, 2021)—National PTA President Anna King and Tennessee PTA President Dwight Hunter issued the following statement on the recent school shootings:

“When our children head off to school, they should feel excited to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. Instead, they fear for their lives. Last week, a 13-year-old boy in Memphis was shot and critically wounded by a classmate, and in Houston, a principal was shot in the back by a former student. Enough is enough. Our schools should be safe havens. These continued acts of gun violence must end.

“As child advocates, it is our responsibility to stand up for our school communities. Elected officials, community leaders, families and educators must work together to prioritize school safety and end gun violence.

“National PTA continues to urge policymakers to prioritize legislation that provides funding to research gun violence, bans assault weapons and enforces universal background checks to prevent those who may endanger public safety from accessing firearms.

“We are also committed to providing resources and support for those coping with the impacts of gun violence. PTA’s Healthy Minds program offers free resources, tools and support for families dealing with grief, loss and other mental health needs. Learn more at”

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 family engagement 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. For more information, visit

About Tennessee PTA

Tennessee PTA® is Tennessee's largest and oldest child advocacy association founded in 1911. The PTA at the local level is linked to the Tennessee PTA and National PTA, forming a nationwide network of members working on behalf of all children and youth.