Sunday, February 24, 2013


Millions across the nation continue to demand stronger, sensible measures to prevent gun violence and keep our children and communities safe. But it will be very difficult to pass even common-sense measures that most Americans support — for example, criminal background checks for all gun purchases. We must keep up the drumbeat to succeed!
NEA supports a multi-pronged approach to curbing the gun violence plaguing our nation. In addition to stronger laws to limit access to weapons of war, we advocate:
  • Enhancing school safety while giving local districts the flexibility to decide what they need — counselors, nurses, or other personnel.
  • Providing professional development for all school staff in cultural competence, conflict management, and anti-bullying initiatives.
  • Expanding and improving mental health services.

This Wednesday, NEA member Vincent Pompei, president of the California Association of School Counselors and one of four public educators invited to the first White House anti-bullying summit with President Obama and the First Lady, will testify at a hearing of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, “Protecting Students and Teachers: A Discussion on School Safety.”
Learn more about NEA’s efforts to ensure the safety of all students.
  • E-mail your Members of Congress — Tell them enough is enough. Tell them to take action immediately to help prevent more senseless deaths from gun violence.
  • Send your stories to— Lawmakers need to know the truth about violence in our nation’s schools and classrooms. Tell us what you think they can do to help prevent more tragedies. Have you or your school been touched by gun-related violence? What have you experienced as an educator when discussing such incidents with your students? Tell us!