U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Congressional Representative to the United Nations, issued the following statement on the tragic shooting outside a Jewish school in France:
"I was deeply saddened to hear of the vicious attacks on Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse, France. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these tragic events. I can only offer my sincerest condolences to those families now grieving for the loss of their loved ones.
"We must continue to stand up against anti-Semitism and bigotry around the globe. America was founded on the ideals of tolerance and respect for the individual and it is vital that we promote those values at home and abroad. I am confident French authorities will diligently work to apprehend those responsible for these murders. I encourage them to do everything possible to bring justice quickly for the sake of the families and community members affected by this tragedy."