ALBANY, N.Y. December 14, 2012 — New York State United Teachers joins citizens from around the world who grieve for the lives lost today in the Newtown, Conn., school community. Never should parents fear for their children's safety when they send them off to school. Schools in this nation must always be safe havens for our students.
"Today's tragedy in Newtown, Conn., reminds us all of the urgency for states to pass and enforce policies — like New York has done — that improve school safety and protect the lives of students and the educators who work with them," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "And this includes a serious tightening of gun control laws across the nation."
NYSUT, the state's largest union, represents more than 600,000 teachers, school-related professionals, academic and professional faculty in higher education, professionals in education and health care and retirees. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.