LOS ANGELES (Oct. 2, 2017) – The nation suffered yet another act of domestic terrorism Sunday evening in Las Vegas, marking the largest single-incident loss of life due to gun violence in recent history.
“The L.A. Unified family is saddened by the tragic news. We live in a connected world where harm to one is harm to all,” said L.A. School Board President Mόnica García. “As the affected find the strength to heal, we stand by to be as helpful as possible. We are one L.A. Unified standing together against violence.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Las Vegas, not only with the victims, the wounded, and their families, but also the first responders, medical teams, and community members who lined up to help the relief efforts. They remind us that even in the darkest times, there are acts of kindness and compassion that give us hope,” said School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “This was an act of terrorism and we must commit to do more to prevent tragedies like this one from devastating any more of our communities.”
L.A. Unified Superintendent Michelle King offered her condolences and reiterated her support for any student, staff, or stakeholders impacted by last night’s event. “There are simply no words to describe the profound pain and grief that is being felt right now throughout the nation. Our heavy hearts and deepest condolences are with everyone who was there, or who may have been affected, by this tragic and senseless event,” she said. “Crisis teams are ready to provide support in every school and office, to assist students and staff in dealing with the aftermath of critical incidents.”
Local Las Vegas officials have asked families who are searching for missing individuals that may have been at the scene of the incident to call 1-866-535-5654 for additional assistance.
Any L.A. Unified student, family member, or employee needing additional support can contact their school or Student Health and Human Services, School Mental Health at (213) 241-3841 for further assistance. For general resources and referrals, students, families and staff may call 1-866-742-2273.
Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766