After the school shooting at Highland High School in Palmdale earlier today, California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald released the following statement:
“We have been advocating for safer schools for more than a century, and especially in the past few months. The shooting this morning was the 21st school shooting in the United States this year alone. Now is the time for change. Gun violence is a public-health crisis that affects all of us – but most of all, our youth.
“It is clear why we must pass sensible federal gun legislation which includes background checks, raising the age requirement for purchase, banning assault weapons for civilians that should only be used for military or law enforcement use and increase support services for mental health. PTA feels that this is a multi-pronged approach that will serve to protect the children and staff in our schools. This is another terrible tragedy that resulted in an injury and mental stress that will live with these individuals forever.
“Any act of violence at a school or involving children is absolutely intolerable. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment, and no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school.”
California State PTA supports state and federal legislation that protects all of our children and youth from gun violence, and recently adopted a revised position statement on firearms and assault weapons. The position statement reaffirms and strengthens the association’s stance on firearms, including minimum age requirements to purchase guns and prohibiting the sale and position of assault weapons defined as automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and incorporates language from the National PTA position that the safest schools are gun free.