NYSUT is joining its national affiliates — the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association — and the Network for Public Education for a National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools on April 20, the anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School in 1999.
“We should be united in our commitment to ensuring that every school is a sanctuary for teaching and learning, and a safe, nurturing environment for all," said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta.
Since Columbine, 129 people have been killed in shootings at schools, including the 17 students and educators who were murdered in February at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Students, parents, educators and their supporters are wasting no time in making their feelings clear: schools must be safe learning environments. Candlelight vigils, rallies and school walk-ins are being planned for April 20 to send a strong message to state and federal lawmakers that their failure to enact rational gun laws is inexcusable.
NYSUT members can also help the students, families, educators and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the surrounding school community by donating to AFT’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Contributions will go directly to providing resources and supports for those affected by this recent tragedy in Parkland.
Meanwhile, there are two other events that have started at the grassroots level and are being organized by students, parents and activists. Note: NYSUT and its affiliates do not advocate for walkouts, but support the rights of students, parents and others to advocate for an end to gun violence in our schools.