UNICEF Urges Leaders To Keep Schools Safe After Deadly Texas Shooting

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Governments must take greater action to ensure school remains a safe place for boys and girls, the head of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Wednesday, following the latest deadly school shooting in the United States.

At least 19 children and two teachers were killed on Tuesday when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in the small city of Uvalde, Texas, located near the border with Mexico.

How many more?

Catherine Russell, UNICEF’s Executive Director, said there have already been “horrific attacks” this year on schools in Afghanistan, Ukraine, the US, West Africa and beyond.

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“Tragedy after tragedy, shooting after shooting, young life after young life: how many more children will die before government leaders act to keep children and their schools safe? Because until they do, these horrors will continue,” she said in a statement.

Ms. Russell emphasized that outside of their homes, school is the one place where children should feel safest.

She noted that in addition to the lives lost, “many more children, teachers and school staff who witnessed the carnage will bear the emotional and psychological scars for the rest of their lives.”

Shock and sadness

UN Secretary-General António Guterres was deeply shocked and saddened by “the heinous mass shooting”, saying it was particularly heart-wrenching that most of the victims are children.

Mr. Guterres has extended his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the entire community, his Spokesperson said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed expressed her outrage in a post on Twitter.

“When children go to school, they should only be concerned about learning,” she wrote. “Children should not go to school fearing for their lives!”

Ms. Mohammed said her heartfelt prayers are with the families, classmates and teachers who are mourning this “devastating loss”.

Source: UN News. Headline photo:© Unsplash/Tim Mudd – Young girls protest at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. (file)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. What has been will be and what is crooked cannot be strightened.
    Because has been rebellious from birth.
    A stitch in time saves nine !
    ACT NOW !!

  2. Oh well. I agree. To date, the US has had 27 school shootings this year. If this cannot wake the law makers up to change their gun laws then I do not know what will.

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