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Franklin Regional High School stabbing incident

Statement from NEA President Dennis Van Roekel

WASHINGTON - April 09, 2014 -

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and families of those impacted by the tragic events today in Franklin Regional High School. Once again the school staff and students acted heroically when tragedy struck their community. We have confidence in the ability of the first responders and the school community to help the guard, students and their families at this time,"  said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “As educators, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our students. It is hard to  understand what triggers this kind of violence, but we must commit to doing all we can to make sure students and educators are safe in our schools. Bullying prevention and greater access to mental health services are key issues that must be addressed, so educators and families can identify problems and intervene before it’s too late.”

The NEA Health Information Network's School Crisis Guide helps everyone concerned respond to a crisis situation in the most helpful manner possible.



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