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National PTA Statement on Sparks Middle School Shooting

Media Contact:
Heidi May
Media Relations Manager
703-518-1242
hmay@pta.org

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 21, 2013)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Otha Thornton:

National PTA is deeply saddened to hear of the shooting this morning at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nevada. The Association extends its sympathies to the students, educators, administrators and families affected.

National PTA has a strong history of advocating for the safety of children in schools. The Association monitors, supports and advocates for laws and programs at all levels in the areas of safety, juvenile justice and violence prevention. It is a top priority of National PTA to prevent and eliminate violence in schools to promote safety for children and improve education.

National PTA is hopeful that this incident will persuade the nation to make meaningful changes to protect all children. It is critical that we work together to find the most effective ways to ensure that all students have a safe environment in which to thrive and learn.

To assist students, families, schools and PTAs coping with school violence, National PTA has resources available for download at PTA.org/SchoolViolence.

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.