For Immediate Release

COLUMBUS, OH –  CEA President John Coneglio issued the following statement following the April 20, 2021 killings of CCS students Ma’Khia Bryant and Trevon Dickson:

We lost two of our students to violence within one hour yesterday.

Trevon Dickson was killed by a fellow student. Ma’Khia Bryant was killed by the Columbus Police Department after she called them for assistance. Our thoughts are with their families, friends, and school communities.

Both killings took place in seconds but stem from longstanding problems in our community.  There is not a day that goes by without a shooting in our neighborhoods. Not a day goes by without many of our families falling further behind in one of the most economically segregated cities in the United States. Not a day goes by without our students and families experiencing systemic and institutional racism at the hands of our broken justice system.

What I saw on the news yesterday reminded me of so many incidents that I, and all CEA members, have witnessed in our schools and worked to deescalate as teachers. No dispute between children should result in death.

Ma’Khia should be alive today. Trevon should be alive today.

We call on our city leaders to take sweeping and transformational action that meets the urgency of these tragedies. Action to reduce gun violence, action to address economic inequality, and action to stop the deaths of our students and families at the hands of those sworn to protect them.

Two of our students were robbed of their futures. No more words. It’s time for action.

The Columbus Education Association is the union representing more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools. The Columbus Education Association is a proud affiliate of the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

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