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National PTA and Georgia PTA Statement on School Bus Stop Shooting

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Noelle Motley, Marketing Communications Manager

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Nov. 4, 2021)—National PTA and Georgia PTA issued the following statement on the school bus stop shooting of a Central Gwinnett High School student in Lawrenceville, Ga.:

“Monday morning, a 16-year-old high school student was shot in the head by a classmate while waiting for the school bus and is now on life support. Each day this school year, we have received an alarming number of news alerts detailing acts of violence against students and teachers and threats and instances of school shootings,” said Anna King, National PTA president.

“As a grandmother and parent, I struggle to understand why our children are still not safe—at school or on the way to school,” King continued. “I can only imagine how terrified and helpless our children, families, educators, schools and communities must feel. Our children should be focused on learning and chasing their dreams. Instead, many are leaving their homes feeling scared and unprotected. This must end today.”

“PTA will continue to raise its voice to urge congress to address the critical gun and school safety issues we are facing as a country,” said Georgia PTA President Dawn Stastny. “We extend our support and condolences to Central Gwinnett High School, Latoya Nicholson and her family and all those impacted by this great tragedy.”

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About National PTA

National PTA® is comprised of 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 Georgia PTA

The Georgia PTA represents over 300,000 members at the state legislature, state board of education and other education and child-focused organizations; provides support and training for local PTAs through workshops and publications; coordinates special projects to promote the welfare of Georgia's children and youth, and much more. Learn more at