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Friday, May 25, 2018 10:58 am

Verbatim: Reactions to Noblesville middle-school shooting

The Journal Gazette

Reactions to the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School:

Jennifer McCormick, state superintendent of public instruction:

“Today an unfortunate shooting at a school has occurred in Indiana. State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick is in contact with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and is actively monitoring the situation. We have confidence in Noblesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer and her team, law enforcement, and first responders. The Department stands ready to provide guidance and support, and we will provide further statements as information unfolds.”

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb:

“Speaker Bosma, Pro Tem Long and I are monitoring the situation at Noblesville West Middle School from the air on our return trip to Indianapolis from Europe. Approximately 100 state police officers have been made available to work with local responders and will offer all assistance needed. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this horrible situation.”

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch:

"My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to the Noblesville community. Indiana remains committed to the safety and protection of our young people and I can not thank our law enforcement agencies enough for their swift action in this matter."

Attorney General Curtis Hill:

“The epidemic of violence sweeping across American schools has now come to Indiana. While we await additional information on the school incident in Noblesville this morning, we must brace ourselves for the reality that our schools and our children are under siege by an unspeakable wave of terror that is taking full advantage of our open and free society.

“School safety plans, resource officers, red flag laws and hardened targets are vital to the defense of our schools and our children.

“While we all join in prayer for the victims and their families, we must continue on the path of identifying the best and most comprehensive ways to protect our schools and prevent these tragedies.”

Patricia Rettig, volunteer with the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America:

“We're keeping each of the families affected by this horrific shooting in our thoughts. This real-life nightmare in Noblesville is a reminder of how urgently we need to work to reduce gun violence in all of its forms.”

Indiana PTA:

"Today a shooting occurred at Noblesville West Middle School in Noblesville, Indiana. Tragically, this is the third school shooting to take place in the past ten days. Indiana PTA strongly believes that all students deserve the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe school environment. Parents should not have to fear if their child will return home at the end of the school day.

"Parents, students, teachers, administrators, and community members must join together to call on our elected officials to advocate for legislation which will strengthen background checks, fund gun violence research, ban assault weapons, and prevent persons who may endanger the safety of other citizens from accessing guns.

"Indiana PTA calls on our state and federal legislators to make student safety a high priority in the coming year. It's time that we say 'enough is enough' and make significant policy changes to protect the future of all students.

It remains a top priority of PTA to promote safety for children and youth and improve education. PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for policies in areas of gun safety and violence prevention, juvenile justice, mental health and students' overall well-being.

PTA is also committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. The association offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded at PTA.org/SchoolSafety.