A Statement from Children’s Advocates for Change President,
Dr. Tasha Green Cruzat
A child should not go to school with the expectation of being shot. Once again, we are grieving the loss of young children gunned down at school. The population of Uvalde, Texas is wondering how it could have happened in their community. All of us seem to be accepting the fact that there’s a good chance a child could get killed going to school, while in school, or heading home from school.
Well, as the political activist Angela Davis is said to have once remarked: I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.
Children being gunned down is UNACCEPTABLE no matter where it occurs. Just the stress of a child knowing a shooting at school is a possibility is debilitating. That is not to take anything away from the stress that a parent faces, mass shootings of adults, or the rate of homicides in the U.S. by firearms.
Our prayers are with the families of the victims of the Texas shooting. Yet, whatever side of the political spectrum you reside on, let’s jointly commit to safe communities free of gun violence and the necessary legislative steps to create them.
Education Week (Updated: May 24, 2022):
There have been 27 school shootings this year. There have been 119 school shootings since 2018, when Education Week began tracking such incidents. The highest number of shootings, 34, occurred last year. There were 10 shootings in 2020, and 24 each in 2019 and 2018.