Pictured: Eva Mireles and Irma Garcia, teachers at Robb Elementary School, who were murdered while trying to protect their students on 5/24/22.
WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement following reports of multiple deaths after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:
“Within the span of a week, our country has witnessed two mass shootings, the gunning down of innocent people in what should be our community’s safest spaces. As we await further details, some things are clear: These are despicable acts of hatred designed to terrorize us all. The communities of Buffalo and now Uvalde will join a long list of places that will never be the same. Our hearts are with all of them.
“Only in America do people go grocery shopping and get mowed down by a shooter with hate in his heart; only in this country are parents not assured that their kids will be safe at school.
“Gun violence is a cancer, and it’s one that none of us should tolerate for one single moment longer. We have made a choice to let this continue, and we can make a choice to finally do something—do anything—to put a stop to this madness.”
AFT’s Share My Lesson has resources to help teachers (and parents) talk to children about tragedies happening in the news. This guide offers insight and suggestions for how to handle talking to children in relation to tragic events, such as shootings and terrorist attacks, that they are likely to hear about at school and/or on the news. It helps answer the questions of why it is important to talk with children and what questions they may have.