Heads of Schools Speak Out Against Gun Violence
Packer’s Head of School, Dr. Bruce L. Dennis, has joined with 86 other heads of independent schools in signing an open letter imploring “elected leaders to do everything necessary to stem this tide of senseless gun violence.” Under the group moniker “Heads of Schools Against Gun Violence,” the group has published its letter in the January 17 edition of the New York Times as well as on their website, hosagv.org.
Never before have so many Independent School leaders in our region spoken with one voice on behalf of a single issue. The signatures on the open letter represent the individual heads of schools, not necessarily the views of their entire school communities.
“Now is the time to take action” the group wrote. “As educators, we believe in the United States Constitution, including the Second Amendment. We also believe our country need not choose between the protection of responsible gun ownership and the prevention of gun violence and that both can be achieved through thoughtful and forceful legislation.”
Here at Packer, Dr. Dennis has stated: “Speaking for my colleagues, I assure you we neither consider nor intend this action as political in any way. It is solely prompted by our belief that seemingly unrestricted access to military-grade assault weapons and high powered ammunition clips jeopardize the safety and well being of the children our schools are responsible for serving as well as the adults who work within these schools.”
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