National PTA and New York State PTA Statement on Violence in Mt Vernon

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ALEXANDRIA, VA & ALBANY, NY (April 11, 2022) – We are truly saddened by the senseless act of violence in Mt. Vernon, after the wonderful parade celebrating the success of the boys’ basketball team in their
state championship win.
We join the community and Mt. Vernon PTA Council, in mourning the loss of a 16-year-old student, and
keep other students affected in our hearts, wishing them a full recovery.
National PTA, New York State PTA and PTAs nationwide remain committed to supporting our students and families, and helping to end acts of violence in our schools and communities. For those in need of
mental health support during this time, free resources are available at PTA.org/HealthyMinds.

A message from the school community:
Counselors will be on hand at DWSA 121 South 6th Ave. Mount Vernon, NY, from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Please take advantage of this free service.
Also note there will be two memorials today, April 11:

  • A peaceful walk – Boys & Girls Club 4:30pm
  • Vigil – City Hall 7pm (wear pink)

    About National PTA
    National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and
    community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family
    engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a
    powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate
    for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a
    difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit
    PTA.org.

    About New York State PTA
    The NYS Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. (NYS PTA) is the oldest and largest child advocacy
    association in New York State, established in 1897 to make every child’s potential a reality. NYS PTA is
    honored to represent the families of our 2.6 million school children and our nearly 250,000 members. It
    is our mission to Shine a Light on Every Child with One Voice. www.nyspta.org

    Media Contacts

    Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
    hmay@pta.org
    (703) 518-1242

    Kyle Belokopitsky, NYS PTA
    execdirector@nyspta.org
    (518) 452-8808