Statement on Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre From Parents as Teachers President/CEO Constance Gully

On behalf of Parents as Teachers, our thoughts and prayers go out to the 11 worshippers killed and others wounded during the Jewish Sabbath at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh this past weekend. The Saturday massacre has rattled the faith community and all peace-loving people across the world. As we come to grips with the largest act of domestic terrorism perpetrated on people of Jewish faith on American soil, we categorically denounce anti-Semitism and all forms of racial and gender bias, and vehemently condemn these acts of violence.

As families and communities look for answers, many will seek support. Prolonged exposure and news about mass shootings can cause heightened stress, and have detrimental short- and long-term developmental and health effects on young children. Parents as Teachers is committed to working with parents and other supportive adults to help mitigate stress. We have put together some helpful tips for parents to better communicate with their children during these tumultuous times. As we continue our work to strengthen children and families, we keep the victims and the city of Pittsburgh in our thoughts and prayers.

Lucas McCue