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Wisconsin’s two largest education associations today reached out with sympathy and deep sadness to the families, students, educators and community members affected by the tragic events that occurred in Connecticut.
“The members of the American Federation of Teachers-Wisconsin share the sorrow of their AFT colleagues at Sandy Hook Elementary, and the entire community, at the loss of innocent children and the phenomenal educators who teach and care for them,” said Bryan Kennedy, president of AFT-Wisconsin. “We are committed to offering whatever support we can to the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut, which represents the teachers in Newtown.”
“Our hearts and prayers go out to these families, students, educators and community members,” added Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. “This tragedy, resulting from a senseless act of violence, is heartbreaking and unconscionable. We offer our support and encouragement to all of those coping with the tragic and unfortunate loss.”
Through their education associations, AFT-Wisconsin and WEAC are providing resources to assist teachers, parents and community leaders in addressing issues of violence in schools, including how to talk to children about violence and reassuring them that they are safe.