ALBANY, N.Y. Feb. 15, 2018 — New York State United Teachers today released the following statement on the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. that claimed 17 lives, shattered countless others and horrified the nation.
NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said, “Once again, our nation grieves over a senseless act of violence and destruction in a school. We are humbled and heartened by the stories of teachers and school professionals who put their lives on the line to protect the students in their care. We share the rage of everyone asking why we must continue to endure this kind of tragedy. There is no single right answer to stopping these horrific attacks. 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.”
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.