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School Safety Declared a Joint Responsibility of Schools and Community
Alexandria, Va., Jan. 14, 2013 – Following the recent shootings in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) has released a comprehensive statement concerning school safety. The statement calls for collaboration between schools and communities to create a broad approach to protect students and prevent school violence.“Children have the right to live and learn in a safe and nurturing environment,” said AASA board president, Benny Gooden, in releasing the statement approved by the association’s Executive Committee. Gooden is superintendent of the Fort Smith Public Schools, Fort Smith, Ark. “The issues we face in trying to prevent disasters such as the ones in Sandy Hook or Columbine or Paducah are complex. We have to work together with first responders, local, state, and federal law enforcement officials, mental health experts and the community at large to find solutions.”