AASA Issues Statement in Response to the Texas Elementary School Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-774-6953
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – May 24, 2022 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement in response to today’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“We are saddened and shocked to once again find ourselves, as a nation, bracing with the reality of yet another school massacre.

“Today’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is an awful reminder of how quickly the simple norm of school can be fatally upended by gun violence. In 2022 alone, there have been 27 school shootings. There have been 188 school shootings since Education Week started tracking these tragic events in 2018. There were 34 shootings in 2021, 10 shootings in 2020, and 24 each in 2019 and 2018. Prior to today, 6 people—including 5 students and 1 staff member—were killed by gun violence in schools, and today’s murders will more than triple that total.

“What are we telling our communities, parents, families and students when we can’t ensure their physical safety at school? How are we going to continue the important work of academic recovery and mental health supports in response to the pandemic when we can’t reasonably ensure the core need for physical safety? What kind of message are we sending to the world, particularly the global education community, when we so consistently fail to protect our students? It begs the very fair question, ‘Is school safety on America’s short list of priorities?’ If not, why not?

“How many more families have to face the reality of a student that doesn’t return home? How many more students have to walk into a school, only to never walk out? Our children have a right to live and learn in a safe environment. If these tragedies do not serve as a serious wake-up call to our nation to take action, I don’t know what will.

“AASA is devastated by today’s events, and we stand ready to support the Uvalde community through this tragic event, and to support school superintendents around the nation in their enduring effort to make their schools as safe and welcoming as possible.”

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.