New York State United Teachers today condemned the violence that claimed the lives of nine people attending a prayer meeting Wednesday night at a church in Charleston, S.C.
"We are deeply saddened by the horrific event that took place inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Once again, a place that should be a safe haven for all has become a tragic scene of random violence. Hatred of race and religion - which continues to be an issue plaguing our country - is unacceptable and must end, once and for all. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Charleston and, most especially, to the victims and their families.”