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Recent mass shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, Buffalo, NY, and elsewhere across our nation are devastating. Gun violence is a public health crisis requiring immediate response to protect public safety. Policymakers and legislators need to achieve consensus, then act quickly to improve gun safety, such as background checks, safe gun storage, and “red flag” laws to utilize protective orders to remove firearms from high-risk individuals.
Psychological research on school violence since the Columbine and Sandy Hook tragedies has emphasized the importance of implementing comprehensive measures to detect and treat students’ mental health problems. Many initiatives also have been implemented to enhance student safety within the schools by improving responsiveness to physical threats. These measures have likely thwarted untold numbers of violent incidents.
Yet, much more needs to be done.
The Central New York Psychological Association (CNYPA) echoes the conclusions of a coalition of national researchers who study school gun violence. As psychologists, we are committed to, and well equipped for, addressing the following vital components of the complex, multifaceted task of prevention:
The CNYPA is committed to offering our professional expertise to advance these objectives in partnership with local and regional school districts, mental health agencies, and law enforcement to enhance the emotional wellness of our children within our schools. We believe – we must believe – that together, we can make a difference.
Please contact Dr. Tanya Pellettiere at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. James Mikesell at email@example.com for further information.