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Wednesday, April 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      CONTACT: Tara Breitsprecher

April 9, 2014                                                                                              (717) 232-4125




Committed to Assist and Advocates for Prevention Measures

Camp Hill, Pa.—The National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter  (NASW-PA) offers our condolences to all those impacted by the tragedy today at a Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

Our focus today and for the days to come will be to assist those involved with this tragedy. We are confident that our trained and qualified social workers will assist the students, families, and Murrysville community in the coping and healing process. Social workers provide services at the forefront of tragedy, and know that today will be no different.


This morning’s tragedy reminds us all of the pertinent issue of violence in our schools. “We must commit as a community to not only address this issue, but prevent tragedies such as this from happening in the future” stated Ron Simon, NASW-PA Executive Director. NASW-PA's Brandywine Division held a panel discussion on preventing school violence on March 28, 2014. “Unfortunately the events of today confirm that school violence is an issue we all need to have as a top priority.”


Please join with NASW-PA in working to prevent such tragedies by improving assessment and treatment options for students, and increasing the presence of professional social workers in our schools.


NASW-PA is committed to assisting those impacted by this morning’s events to process and cope with the emotional wounds from this senseless act of violence. For commentary, questions or concerns, please contact Tara Breitsprecher at 717-232-4125 or by e-mail at



NASW is the largest membership organization in the U.S. for professional social workers, serving more than 130,000. NASW-PA represents nearly 6,000 members in Pennsylvania and works to enhance the professional growth and development of social workers, create and maintain social work standards, and to advance sound social policies.

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