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Sandy Hook Promise Expands Reach of Research-Based Prevention Programs into Schools with Support from Discovery Education

Sandy Hook Promise, a national gun violence prevention organization, today announced a new collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. This innovative initiative empowers students and teachers in schools across the country with digital tools and resources supporting the development of the skills needed to prevent violence at home, in schools, and in their communities.

 

Sandy Hook Promise helps prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by teaching educators, administrators and students, at no cost, how to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help.  In just 14 months, Sandy Hook Promise has educated more than 800,000 youth and adults in over 1,000 schools and youth organizations – immediate impacts include thwarting a school shooting, suicide attempts and other threats of violence. Through this collaboration, Sandy Hook Promise will accelerate and expand the reach and impact of two of its prevention programs, Say Something and Start With Hello, to more schools nationwide. 

 

“We are very excited to be partnering with Discovery Education,” said Nicole Hockley, managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, a 6-year-old who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with 25 other young children and educators. “Their deep relationships with school districts nationwide will help deliver to millions of classrooms the resources educators and students need to make a difference and prevent violence in their own schools and communities.  The potential for real impact and saving lives is overwhelming and is an incredible way to honor the lives we lost by helping others.”

 

“I’m excited to implement Sandy Hook Promise’s programs in our school, as we want to provide our students with the skills to create an inclusive and safe school environment,” said Karen Wells, Library Media Specialist at Midland School District in Arkansas. “These programs will help our students be active participants within their community by giving them the knowledge and courage to say something if they see something amiss.”

 

Discovery Education will make available to educators everywhere two valuable sets of resources designed by Sandy Hook Promise, including:

 

  • Say Something: Through educator guides, presentations and engaging videos, Say Something teaches young people how to recognize signs and signals, especially within social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and to say something to a trusted adult. According to studies published by the American Psychological Association and the American Journal of Psychiatry, in 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told someone of his/her plans prior to the attack and 70% of people who complete suicide give some sort of type warning. Say Something helps educate students to become aware of the signs and to enlist trusted adults to defuse the situation before it escalates. The program’s resources are appropriate for use with students in grades 6-12.  
  • Start With Hello: Through parent, student and educator guides, Start With Hello teaches youth how to be more inclusive and connected to one another.  The simple act of saying hello can have tremendous impact with letting young people know they are not alone and are valued and included. Start With Hello works to create connectedness and community, by minimizing social isolation, marginalization and rejection, before an individual chooses to hurt them self or others. The program’s resources are appropriate for use with students in grades 2-12.

 

“Sandy Hook Promise is making a tremendous impact in classrooms by empowering teachers and students to recognize early warning signs, and simultaneously creating a sense of connectedness and community in schools,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to support their incredible efforts by helping deliver these valuable and potentially lifesaving digital resources to educators and students.”

 

For additional information on this initiative, please visit www.DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a nonprofit organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012.  SHP helps prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by teaching adults and youth how to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help.  We achieve this by delivering four research-based mental health & wellness programs, at no cost, to schools and youth organizations.  For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org.

 

About Discovery Education: Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

Sandy Hook Promise Calls on Senate to Pass Collins Amendment

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Sandy Hook Promise Calls on Senate to Pass Collins Amendment

 

Washington D.C. – June 23, 2016 – Sandy Hook Promise, the national gun violence prevention organization, applauds Senator Susan Collins and her colleagues for swiftly taking action after the Senate failed to pass gun safety measures earlier this week and proposing the bipartisan Terrorist Firearms Prevention Act of 2016 in an effort to close the terror gap. In light of the Orlando tragedy, this amendment is an important step to protect innocent lives. If persons are deemed unsafe to fly, they should not be able to purchase a firearm.

 

“I commend Senator Collins and her colleagues for their work to put forward bipartisan legislation that can help protect our country from senseless gun violence,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise who lost his first-grade son at Sandy Hook.  “We cannot lose hold of this moment by expecting or accepting inaction in the Senate or House. I demand more from Congress and expect them to come together and do the right thing, starting by passing this commonsense amendment to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands.”

 

Sandy Hook Promise also stands with the members of the House and their Senate colleagues who led a sit-in beginning Wednesday morning to demand a vote on gun violence prevention legislation, including legislation to close the terror gap, before the recess. Both chambers must come together and act to end this epidemic of gun violence across our country.

 

If Congress passes this new amendment, it will prevent people who are on the FBI’s No Fly List or Selectee List from purchasing firearms.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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Sandy Hook Promise Urges Senate Not to Give Up Gun Violence Prevention Legislation; Requests Another Vote

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Sandy Hook Promise Urges Senate Not to Give Up Gun Violence Prevention Legislation; Requests Another Vote

 

 

Washington D.C. – June 20, 2016 – Sandy Hook Promise, the national gun violence prevention organization, tonight urged the Senate not to give up moving forward with legislation that would close the terror gap and expand background checks for gun buyers. Just as victims of gun violence are not able to return home, Sandy Hook Promise asks that the Senate not return home until common sense gun safety measures pass and requests another vote.

 

“Congress must come together to prevent future gun violence and tragedies,” says Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise who lost her six-year-old son Dylan in Sandy Hook. “We won't accept a series of failed votes and send our members home. They have a responsibility to all of our families.  I call on our congressional leaders to find a path forward to protect our communities and save lives."

 

Sandy Hook Promise applauds those who voted to pass Senator Chris Murphy’s and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proposals, a much needed step to ensure that we protect our nation’s citizens and demands that Congress to come together to create legislation that can help put a stop to this epidemic of gun violence across our country.

 

Tonight’s vote comes off the heels of Senator Chris Murphy’s 15-hour filibuster last week, which ended with an emotional appeal regarding two of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. Senator Murphy has been a leading gun-control advocate since Sandy Hook. 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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Sandy Hook Promise Calls On Senate to Pass Two Urgent Measures: Closing the Terror Gap and Enacting Background Checks for Gun Owners

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Sandy Hook Promise Calls On Senate to Pass Two Urgent Measures: Closing the Terror Gap and Enacting Background Checks for Gun Owners

 

Sandy Hook Promise Praises the Senate Floor Filibuster

 

Washington. D.C. – Sandy Hook Promise calls on the members of the Senate to pass two common sense measures regarding gun violence prevention. Thanks to Senator Chris Murphy’s work on the Senate floor last night, which ended with an emotional appeal regarding two of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013, Republicans agreed to compromise on the matters of gun safety and the prevention of gun violence.

 

Now the Senate faces a historic vote on closing the terror gap and universal background checks.  Since Sandy Hook, the Senate has had many opportunities to pass both of these measures that would have prevented countless acts of violence since. In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, the Senate has another chance to finally come together to do the responsible thing and close these dangerous loopholes in our gun laws and prevent future gun tragedies from happening.

 

Nicole Hockley, one of the co-founders of SHP commented on Senator Chris Murphy’s work: "Since the murder of my son Dylan, his classmates and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our Senators have had so many opportunities to act and close dangerous loopholes in our gun laws and save lives. Now, after yet another preventable tragedy has taken innocent lives and destroyed families, the Senate again has an opportunity to act and to do the right thing. I ask our Senators - no, I beg them - please come together and pass legislation to close the terror gap and enact universal background checks. Our country and our children need you.  Please don't let us down again. Too many innocent lives are at stake."

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child.  SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late.  SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance.  Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

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TODAY: Senators will vote on lifesaving gun safety measures! Call and urge them to vote YES on the Feinstein and Murphy Amendments.

We're just hours from today's Senate vote at 5:30 p.m. EDT on lifesaving gun safety measures – and right now we don't have the votes we need to win. Calling your senators now could make the difference.

We must send a strong, clear signal before it's too late: We demand action to make our communities safer from gun violence. Please call your senators right this minute and urge them to vote to help prevent more tragedies:

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Mark Barden remembers how intimidated he felt when he first started talking to lawmakers after Daniel was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary. Please don't let that stop you. We put together a few notes to help you during your quick call:

  • Start by telling them your name and that you're a constituent.
  • Let them know you support the measures from Sen. Murphy and Sen. Feinstein to strengthen the background checks system and ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms.
  • Tell them too many families have been torn apart by gun violence, and you're counting on them to vote yes to make our communities safer.

Once you've made your calls, use this link to report back and let us know you called: http://action.sandyhookpromise.org/content_item/senatevotecalls

Thank you so much. We've been asking a lot of you, but we have to act before the next tragedy devastates another community and breaks the hearts of more families.

Sen. Chris Murphy Ends 15-hour Filibuster With Emotional Tribute to Two Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

Thanks to Senator Chris Murphy's work on the Senate floor last night, Republicans agreed to hold a vote on closing the terror gap and universal background checks.

Sen. Murphy ended with an emotional appeal regarding two of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013:

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Vice President Biden: Sandy Hook Promise's work will have a profound impact

Vice President Joe Biden opened our second annual gala honoring individuals whose work has brought nationwide awareness and meaningful change to the issue of gun violence prevention.

We were proud to honor our 2016 ‎Promise Champions: Senator Bill Cassidy, Senator Chuck Schumer and Judge Theresa Dellick of Ohio! These Champions have fought tirelessly for gun safety, mental health reform & access to care, as well as imperative prevention & intervention programs that help avert tragedies. To have their voices behind all of us on the quest to end gun violence and promote mental wellness has been encouraging and vital.

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Pulse Orlando Nightclub Shooting

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on

Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

 

 

Our hearts break for the devastated families and friends of those killed or wounded at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We, and too many other families across the country, understand their pain and sorrow now and in the days and years to come. Our thoughts remain with them, the loved ones killed, those injured, and the countless traumatized.

 

As we all woke up on what would otherwise be a beautiful day in Connecticut, we were horrified to learn that we were all now witness to the worst mass shooting in United States history. A gunman from Florida opened fire at Pulse Nightclub overnight, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 53 others.

 

There are reports that this is related to domestic terrorism, and could also be a hate crime, as it took place at a popular gay club during Pride Month. But, what we do know, unequivocally, is that every American should be able to feel safe to enjoy a night out in any place, during any month, and at any time. Just like we should all expect to be safe at the movies, at church, and at school.

 

Through the horror, we continue to pray for the victims and their families, as well as the many still wounded and recovering. We know that these atrocities can often make a person feel helpless or like hope is lost. It is not. We must stand together and work for an end to gun violence in America. We must work tirelessly until we are able to live in a world that is safer for all.

 

Join us to honor the lives lost by vowing to do all you can to help prevent gun violence. Make the Promise, talk to your legislators, get your community involved, and encourage kindness and inclusion.

 

Our hearts are in Orlando right now, but our collective actions are needed from every community across America.

 

 

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise:

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at SandyHookPromise.org.

 

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