School communities across the state unite in support of keeping our students and schools violence free
CEA is coordinating early-morning Walk-Ins For Safe Schools at public schools across the state on March 14 to spur Congress to take action to keep our schools safe and end this epidemic of mass school shootings plaguing and terrorizing our country.
Teachers, students, parents, and communities will stand in solidarity on the morning of March 14 and walk in to school together to support the changes needed to make every school and every child safe.
“We are all uniting together to create safe schools; to call on Congress to pass a tough gun control law, similar to the one in Connecticut that will help keep children safe in every state of the union; and to ensure funding is available for school resources and mental health services,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen.
At a news conference in East Hartford today, CEA joined the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education calling on Congress to take action to keep our schools and our students safe.
“After the 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook, Connecticut passed one of the toughest gun control and school safety laws in the country. Congress must do the same,” said CEA Executive Director Donald Williams.
“Enough is enough. It is time to honor the victims of these senseless shootings by taking actions to prevent these tragedies from happening again,” stressed Cohen.
In an effort to help student actions and other demonstrations for change live on, the Walk-In For Safe Schools movement will also be used to promote activism through voter registration drives. CEA is working with teachers and community leaders to assist parents who are not registered to vote to do so and will provide opportunities for every 18-year-old student to register so that they can effect change in keeping schools and students safe from gun violence across the country.
“Students are angry and are stepping up, taking action, and making their voices heard,” said Williams. “One of the best ways they can do that is by voting. We want the students’ actions to be part of a sustained effort that brings about real change and safer communities.”