What You Can Do To Prevent School Shootings

School shootings are not inevitable. They are preventable.

Disclaimer: ** Please note that this PSA contains graphic content related to school shootings that may be upsetting to some viewers. If you feel that this subject matter may be too difficult for you, you may choose not to watch this video. **

Note to Educators: This PSA is NOT a part of our “Know the Signs” programs and will not be shown to students in any educational communications from Sandy Hook Promise.

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Together, we can save more lives

Millions of children are back to school. And we know our programs can protect them from school shootings, violence and other harmful acts. But we can only expand our lifesaving work if people like you join us and take action.

Here are some simple actions you can take to help:

Parents & Caregivers



Why You Should Take Action Now

In 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it. That’s why our proven programs train youth and adults to identify warning signs and intervene before a tragedy can occur.

More than 11 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs. Focusing on prevention helps end the epidemic of school shootings and violence.

Through these programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school schooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence in schools.

What are the Signs?

When you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to miss warning signs, sometimes with tragic consequences. Designed as a complement to our Say Something program, get our Back-to-School Warning Signs Checklist. If you, or a child in your life, sees any of these signs fill out this checklist and submit it to a trusted adult to get help.

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Give Now To Help End Gun Violence in Schools

Generous people like you support the development and delivery of our Know the Signs programs, which are available to schools across America at no cost. Your generosity will also help fund research to improve programs and develop new ways to stop the epidemic of school shootings.