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California State PTA Response to Verdict in Chauvin Trial

SACRAMENTO, April 22, 2021 – California State PTA has released the following statement in response to the recent verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin:

“We are a nation traumatized by racial injustice. The murder verdict in the George Floyd case is one important signal that police who use excessive force and discriminatory practices are not above the law.

Incidents of discriminatory practices and racial injustice happen not only on our public streets but in our public schools.

As PTA parents and caregivers, we must do everything we can to protect our children from harm. California State PTA urges the California legislature and Governor to thoroughly examine the role and training of police on school campuses to ensure that educators, not police, are responsible for school discipline.

The recent tragic events bring to light once again the pain, distrust, and injustice that are the reality for so many children and families. This cannot continue.”

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About California State PTA: California State PTA connects families, schools and communities. We are part of the foundation of our public education system and a trusted messenger to millions of members, parents, families, educators and allied agencies throughout the state. PTA is the nation’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to drive improvements in the education, health and well-being of all children and families. For more information, visit www.capta.org.