Statement on Berrendo Middle School Shooting Tragedy in New Mexico

Tim Makris, Executive Director of Sandy Hook Promise, the grassroots organization created by community members of Newtown, CT in the aftermath of the December 14 shooting, issued the following statement today on the shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico:

"Today our hearts break as we learn of the school shooting at Berrendo Middle School that has injured two students. Exactly one year to the day after the formation of Sandy Hook Promise, an organization devoted to addressing the causes of gun violence, we are painfully reminded that our work is far from done. No child should ever have reason to be afraid to go to school. We ask that every parent and every American join us in helping make our future safer for our communities and for our children."

Local reports say that a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas; hospital officials say the boy is in critical condition and the girl is in serious condition.