AACAP Statement on the Recent Racially Motivated Shooting in Jacksonville, Florida

Washington, DC, August 28, 2023 - In the aftermath of the heartbreaking shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, where three lives were tragically cut short in an act of racially motivated violence, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) extends its deepest condolences to the children, families, and community directly impacted by this heinous act.

This incident, and so many others, highlights the distressing reality of racial prejudice's ongoing devastating consequences on young black and brown lives, families, and communities. This tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address not only the mental health implications on young minds witnessing such violence, but also the systemic issues of racism, hatred, and discrimination that can lead to such senseless acts.

As an organization dedicated to advocating for the mental health of young individuals, AACAP reaffirms its commitment to addressing the psychological trauma that such events inflict on our youth, while also emphasizing the critical importance of fostering a society that actively combats racism, injustice, and intolerance.

AACAP remains committed to advocating for a society that promotes inclusivity, understanding, and the mental well-being of all children and adolescents.

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The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a national professional medical association dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families. With a membership of over 10,000 professionals, AACAP provides valuable resources, expertise, and advocacy to advance the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and improve mental health care for young people. For more information, please visit www.aacap.org