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Statement from AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters on the school shooting in Newtown

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire community in the wake of this terrible tragedy. We will be working closely to help the students, teachers, administrators and their families in Newtown as they recover from this tragedy.

We credit the teachers, staff and administrators for reacting immediately to protect the children.

Our thanks go out to all of their first responders for their effort to ensure the safety of all the students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

We will be coordinating grief counseling and support services with our locals the Newtown Federation of Teachers, Local 1727 and the Newtown Federation of Custodians, Local 3924, the Newtown Federation of Education Personnel, Local 3785, along with the State of Connecticut, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA) and the Connecticut Education Association (CEA).

You can click here to leave a message of condolences and support for the students, staff, teachers and families of Newtown, CT.

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