Urges U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Education and Labor Committee Removal
Today, House Republican Party Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) did not act to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from the House Education and Labor Committee for her words and actions that assert the Sandy Hook Elementary and Parkland School shooting tragedies never happened. The House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on whether to remove her from the Committee. Failure to remove her would set a dangerous precedent that politics are more important than keeping children safe at school.
In response, Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, the co-founders of Sandy Hook Promise who each had a son murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, issued the following statement:
“Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene must be held accountable for her actions that fueled vicious conspiracy theories and attacks on school shooting survivors, putting our families further at risk. She has made it clear that she cannot be responsible for the safety of our nation’s children,” said Nicole Hockley, managing director of Sandy Hook Promise. “We urge every parent, grandparent, and adult who cares about children to contact their local representatives to demand they vote ‘yes’ to remove Rep. Greene from the House Education Committee,” said Mark Barden, managing director of Sandy Hook Promise. “The lives of our children and their hardworking educators may depend on it.”
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** Mark Barden and Nicole Hockley, co-founders and managing directors of Sandy Hook Promise, are available for further commentary or interviews. See contact information below. **
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through its life-saving, evidence-informed Know the Signs prevention programs, SHP educates and empowers youth and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others. Through nonpartisan policy and partnerships, SHP advances gun safety, youth mental health, and violence prevention education at the state and federal levels that protect all children from gun violence in their schools, homes, and communities. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
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