GCU joins Mercy schools nationwide in statement on gun violence
Georgian Court University is among the 17 colleges, 32 secondary schools and nine elementary schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy nationwide that have signed on to a Sisters of Mercy leadership team statement that emphasizes their commitment to building a culture of nonviolence. This unified statement is a direct response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the ongoing debate around the need for response to the issue of gun violence in the United States.
According to the statement, the educators and leaders of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy agree that “this recent shooting reveals a sobering and recurring pattern of crimes in this nation that are fast becoming all too frequent, all the more lethal and that strike at the heart of what we stand for as educators.”
The group stands united around the commitment of the Sisters of Mercy for the sacredness of life and that children must be protected. They deny the idea that increasing armed security in schools will increase student safety. They also ask for practical gun control measures, advocate funding of mental health services and are committed to building a nonviolent culture.
“We are dedicated to this,” says Sister Anne Curtis of the Mercy Institute Leadership Team (ILT). “Mercy educators and sisters committed to justice and non-violence know that this is a complex issue that will require multiple responses. We hope to contribute to the national dialogue and action from the perspective of over 170 years as educators.”