FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2022
Joint Statement from PAGV Co-Chairs Bronx DA Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County DA Joyce Dudley:
On this day four years ago, 14 students and three educators were killed when a 19-year-old gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen other people were injured. The innocent students who were slain that day had their whole lives ahead of them. Those who survived were left with scars and emotional trauma.
On the anniversary of this horrendous event, we send our prayers to the survivors, and family members and friends of the murdered. We also express our respect and admiration for the classmates of the victims who channeled their grief into a national movement to fight gun violence. We stand with them as we must all work together to ensure no more children and teachers die in our schools.
PAGV is an independent coalition of approximately 50 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States, working toward solutions to end gun violence. The group is co-chaired by Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, and brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions.