2 April 2018
Today at its Annual Conference, the National Education Union – NUT Section joined the call for action on gun control in the United States. This comes in the wake of the school shooting on 14 February in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed.
The National Education Union, along with the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), wrote to President Trump in March 2018 to urge him ‘to protect the children of [his] nation and the teachers who support them’ by taking action on gun control. Today, the more than 1,000 delegates at Conference showed their support during a minute of silence and by wearing orange, the colour of the movement.
Commenting on the action by Conference, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:
“For too long the United States has exhibited complacency and unjustifiable defensiveness in the face of gun violence. The Parkland shooting is the latest tragic example of what can happen when a government does not actively deliver strong action on gun control.
The shooting in Parkland was devastating, but the response has been inspirational. I am deeply moved by the courage and strength of the students and teachers who are now speaking up for the protection of their peers and demanding action. We stand with them in their fight, lending our voices to this urgent campaign.”
On 8 March 2018, National Education Union Joint General Secretaries Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, as well as Education Institute of Scotland General Secretary Larry Flanagan, wrote a letter to President Trump expressing support for the campaign on gun control. The full text of the letter sent to President Trump is available at http://bit.ly/EIS-NEU-Letter .The NUT Section will also be supporting the United States’ National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools on 20 April 2018.