NAACP Statement on Perry Hall High School Shooting

(Baltimore, MD) The NAACP has released the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore on Monday, August 27th.

From NAACP President and CEO, Benjamin Todd Jealous:

“The NAACP is deeply saddened by the tragic shooting at Perry Hall High School,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and the school community.”

“Violence is infecting our schools and our communities as a whole,” stated Jealous. “If we want our children to succeed, we need to provide a positive school climate free from bullying and violence. It is the responsibility of teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members to make that a reality.  The NAACP strongly advocates for conflict resolution programs in our schools that promote non-violent solutions to the problems that our youth face."

From Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury:

“This shooting is a tragedy for Maryland and our nation,” stated Maryland NAACP State Conference President Gerald Stansbury.  “Students deserve to attend schools free from abuse and violence.  This starts by changing the school culture from a reactive strategy to student conflict to a  proactive approach that focuses on resolution before the conflict escalates to violence.”

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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