WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten following the shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. The Oregon School Employees Association/AFT represents the school staff at Reynolds High School.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Reynolds High School community today, and especially with the family who lost their child. We don't yet know why the gunman acted. But we do know that a child has been robbed of a full life. We do know that a school and a community are grieving over the loss of one of their own and the sense of security that was violated today.
"This is the 74th school shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. This is the 74th time the safety of a school community has been shattered by a gunman. This is the 74th time students, educators and school staff have felt the terror of not knowing if they will ever see their loved ones again. This is the 74th time that parents have experienced the fear of not knowing what is happening to their children.
"It is long past time for action. We renew our call for leaders to act in the interest of our children and families to ensure that our schools are safe sanctuaries. We must pass sensible reforms that can help prevent our children, and those who teach and nurture them, from being gunned down. And we will work with our affiliate and the entire Reynolds High School community to help them heal and to restore a sense of safety and security."