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NEA statement on deaths of schoolteachers in Sparks, NV and Danvers, MA

WASHINGTON - October 23, 2013 -

“The NEA family is mourning the loss of two members this week—Mike Landsberry in Nevada and Colleen Ritzer in Massachusetts, two outstanding math teachers,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and students.”

“We will probably never know all the factors that accumulate to unleash this kind of violence, but we must commit to doing all we can to make sure students and educators are safe in our schools. We must work on preventing gun violence, bullying prevention and greater access to mental health services, so that educators and families can identify problems and intervene before it’s too late.”

For more information on NEA’s efforts to keep our schools safe from gun violence, please click here.

To read NEA’s statement on the Sparks, NV tragedy earlier this week, please click here.


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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 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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