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The Buffalo Teachers Federation Calls For The Creation Of Specific Statewide & Nationwide Action On School Violence To Ensure The Safety Of Students & School Personnel

Published Thursday, March 1, 2018
by BTF News Release
The Buffalo Teachers Federation Calls For The Creation Of Specific Statewide & Nationwide Action On School Violence To Ensure The Safety Of Students & School Personnel

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – The Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) is calling for the creation of specific statewide and national actions to ensure the safety of students and school personnel in the wake of too many school shootings across the United States, with the latest involving the killing of 17 students and Teachers at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

The BTF is also inviting organizations, schools, school districts and concerned citizens to join with the Teachers Union in flying their flags at half-staff until all are "convinced that sufficient actions - including laws, regulations, programs and such - have been enacted to provide a safe environment in our schools for our students and school personnel."

In a statement, BTF President Phil Rumore said:

Since Sandy Hook, there have been 239 school shootings with 438 people shot and 138 murdered in our schools - the most recent being the 17 students, Teachers and Staff at Stoneman Douglas High School, yet nothing of consequence has been done nationally or in most states to prevent further carnage in our schools. 

The adults in government have failed those who have been murdered and injured and those in danger of being murdered and injured in our schools and elsewhere.

We must provide the courageous students leading the fight for safe schools by providing a constant reminder for all to see when they pass a flag, that we want action now, not talk or blame games to ensure that our students and school personnel are safe from those who would harm them.

We cannot let those in government forget.  

We must force them to act now.

Flying our flags at half-staff will provide that constant reminder: Act now to protect our students and School Personnel.

If not, we will remember in the next election.

The BTF also announced that intends to survey Buffalo Teachers in an attempt to identify safety issues in their school, including classroom doors that don't lock from the inside, lack of Security Officers, unsafe outside doors and public address systems that are not working.

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