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NEA President: Enough is Enough

NEA joins Maryland State Education Association in calling for an end to tragic shootings in schools

WASHINGTON - March 20, 2018 -

NEA, Maryland State Education Association and the Education Association of St. Mary’s County released the following statements today in response to the school shooting at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Md.

Statement from Lily Eskelsen García:
“Our hearts are broken yet again by a senseless and tragic shooting in our nation's public schools. The NEA is steadfast in our support of the students, staff and families of Great Mills High School. We join the Maryland State Education Association and Education Association of St. Mary’s County in calling for policy changes that will end these preventable and traumatic events. Enough is enough. We all have a responsibility to create safe schools and communities. We can and must do more to ensure that everyone who walks through our school is safe and free from the threat of violence."

Statement from Betty Weller, Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) President:
“As we learn more details from this morning’s shooting at Great Mills High School, one thing is clear: it is far past time for gun violence in our schools to end. Students and educators deserve days filled with learning and discovery, not with fear and lockdowns. We are grateful to the heroic school employees and first responders who protected students, and we stand ready as a union family to support the educators, students, and community of Great Mills.”

Statement from Jill Morris, Education Association of Southern Maryland County (EASMC) President:
“We are heartbroken that gun violence in schools has now touched our community, and we pray for the full recovery of the students who were shot. Simply put, it is devastating that for the students of Great Mills, their memories of school will now include this traumatic day. We are resolved to provide all the support and comfort we can to our colleagues and neighbors in the Great Mills community while we work together towards a day when no school community ever has to experience this type of tragedy.”

EASMC and MSEA represent 1,500 educators—including teachers, related certified staff, and education support professionals—working in St. Mary’s County Public Schools. This includes 107 educators at Great Mills High School.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing nearly 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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