NEWTOWN, CT—Today, a gunman in Decatur, Georgia entered an elementary school, barricaded in the school’s main office, and opened fire while children were in the area. After several tense moments, the gunman eventually surrendered to police without further incident. No one was injured, and all students, faculty and staff were accounted for and safe.
Nicole Hockley, the mother of 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, issued the following statement on behalf of Sandy Hook Promise in response to today’s incident:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the children of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, who today came face to face with a threat that no child should experience. And while no one was killed or injured by the gunman’s shots, there are very real consequences stemming from today’s incident. No child should ever have reason to be afraid to go to school and no parent should be afraid that the child they send to school in the morning won't be coming home in the afternoon. If it can happen in Newtown, CT it can happen anywhere. That is why moments like this demand that we all work together to find common sense solutions we can support individually, and as a nation, to prevent tragedy and save lives.”