Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten Horrified by Shooting That Kills Students and Teacher in Texas, Demands Action on Gun Safety

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Contact:

Oriana Korin
202-374-6103
okorin@aft.org

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement following reports of multiple deaths after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:

“Within the span of a week, our country has witnessed two mass shootings, the gunning down of innocent people in what should be our community’s safest spaces. As we await further details, some things are clear: These are despicable acts of hatred designed to terrorize us all. The communities of Buffalo and now Uvalde will join a long list of places that will never be the same. Our hearts are with all of them.

“Only in America do people go grocery shopping and get mowed down by a shooter with hate in his heart; only in this country are parents not assured that their kids will be safe at school.

“Gun violence is a cancer, and it’s one that none of us should tolerate for one single moment longer. We have made a choice to let this continue, and we can make a choice to finally do something—do anything—to put a stop to this madness.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.