Statement from National and Michigan AFT Leadership on School Shooting in Oxford, MI
MICHIGAN—The following statement can be attributed to Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan:
“Today, we mourn those lost in the Oxford High School shooting and express our deepest condolences to all the students, staff, families, and community members affected by this tragic event. Our schools must be places that are, first and foremost, safe and welcoming, where kids can come together and thrive. No parent should wonder whether a child or anyone in the school community will return home safely. Once again, it’s heartbreaking to see the impact gun violence has on students’ lives. AFT is dedicated to ensuring our communities and schools are safe and working, and curbing gun violence is key to that. We hope our elected officials, regardless of what party they represent, will do what’s necessary to protect students and staff from unspeakable tragedies like what happened today.”
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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.