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Oregon Education Association and National Education Association Presidents react to Oregon school shooting

WASHINGTON - October 01, 2015 -

Oregon Education Association President Hanna Vaandering and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following joint statement in reaction to today’s shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon:

“OEA and NEA represent nearly 250 faculty and staff members at Umpqua Community College. What happened there today is unthinkable, and we are simply devastated.  We are still learning details, but dozens of students and at least one of our members, a part time faculty member at the college, were inside the classroom when today’s senseless shooting occurred.  Our hearts ache for the students, faculty, staff, and families at the college, and we extend our deepest sympathies to everyone there, most especially, the victims’ families. Educators are prepared to assist in any way as the Roseburg community, and indeed the entire nation, grieves and copes with this tragedy.”

NEA Healthy Futures provides The School Crisis Guide, which can be used to both prepare for a crisis of this nature, and respond to the aftermath.


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Richard Allen Smith, NEA Communications, 202-716-6461 cell,

Laila Hirschfeld, OEA Communications, 503-495-2119,


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