For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2022
The Fight For Children
This week’s tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, reinforces our work to fight for children – their health, safety and well-being.
We are absolutely heartbroken by the recent shootings that have upended and devastated the lives of many children and families across the country. We are angry that as a nation, we allowed a senseless act of violence to happen again. We are grieving for the families of the 19 children and 2 teachers who were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, as we continue to grieve for the families of the victims who were killed in Buffalo, New York last week and in Orange County, California just the week before.
Our children have witnessed and endured shooting after shooting. These tragedies will have long-lasting, detrimental impacts on the physical and mental health of children across the country. A sense of safety is necessary for children to grow up healthy and thrive. Yet whether a church, a grocery store or a classroom, we have seen that no place is safe.
Children are dependent on the adults in their lives to take care of them. Our elected officials have a moral duty to take care of our children and end gun violence.
To learn more about how to talk to children about the recent shootings, please see the following resources:
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings
- Helping Children Cope With Frightening News
- Talking to Children about the Shooting
The Children’s Partnership (TCP)
TCP envisions a California where all children—regardless of their race, ethnicity or place of birth—have the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and thrive, and its mission is to advance this vision of child health equity through research, policy and community engagement. Learn more at www.childrenspartnership.org.