Press Release

Statement of Randi Weingarten on the Oslo Tragedy

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Sunday, July 24, 2011


Michael Powell

 In response to the tragic attack in Oslo, Randi Weingarten, President of the AFT, issued the following statement from Cape Town, South Africa, where she is attending the Educational International Congress (EIC). The EIC held a moment of silence this weekend to honor the memory of those who lost their lives.

“We grieve the tragic and senseless murder of countless students and others in Norway. There is no place in a civilized world for such a barbaric act. The bombing in Oslo – home of the Nobel Peace prize -- and the murdering rampage at a youth camp are incomprehensible. Innocent people – sons and daughters; brothers and sisters; mothers and fathers – set out to work or to enjoy a beautiful sunny day at a summer camp and lost their lives to a disturbed young man. No sense can be made of this dark and violent act, but we must commit ourselves to stand against the horror that occurred in Norway and where ever else it happens in the world. We join Norwegians and all those around the world in conveying our sympathies to the families affected.”

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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.