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Statement from Deborah Delisle on the 10th Anniversary of Sandy Hook

For Release: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Contact: Enrique A. Chaurand, 816.825.1072,  

“Today is a solemn day as we remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Ten years ago, 20 children and 6 educators’ lives were tragically taken. Our grief remains for the innocent lives lost and their families. Sadly, our work is not done, and we must continue to be resolute in our commitment to keep our children, educators, and communities safe from gun violence. Schools should be safe havens for America’s youth and the dedicated educators who work tirelessly to ensure safe and healthy learning environments. We applaud Congress for passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act earlier this year, a first step in preventing another such strategy.  Ultimately, we must focus on the root problem – which is easy access to guns – and keep our children safe from the schoolhouse to their homes. America’s children deserve no less.” 


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015. 

All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) is a Washington, DC–based national organization dedicated to advancing policies and practices so all students, especially those from underserved communities and particularly students of color and those from low-income families, graduate from high school prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.