UTLA statement on spike in violence in L.A.

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Working together to deflect school violence

From the street shooting of a 16-year-old football player to the recent lockdown at Maya Angelou Community High, the surge in violent crime in Los Angeles is impacting our students.

As educators, UTLA members witness firsthand the damage that exposure to traumatic events can do to students’ psychological well-being and their ability to learn, particularly when the violence unfolds close to their school or impacts their peers or family members.

Addressing violent crime takes a multifaceted approach, and it must involve investing in communities devastated by years of low-wage jobs, unemployment, and underfunded schools and social services. A cornerstone of a strong community is a strong neighborhood public school. UTLA’s campaign for the Schools L.A. Students Deserve calls for safe, secure schools that offer a rich and varied curriculum, including music, art, drama, and physical education, and that are fully staffed with nurses, counselors, psychologists, and all the other professionals who provide crucial socio-emotional support for our students.

UTLA stands ready to work with community leaders to quell the violence, dialogue about long-term solutions, and jointly build the movement for the supports in our communities that all Los Angeles residents deserve.

For media inquiries, contact UTLA Director of Communications, Anna Bakalis at abakalis@utla.net