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Sandy Hook Promise Supports I-1639, Washington State Ballot Initiative, “Safe Schools, Safe Communities”

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Sandy Hook Promise Supports I-1639, Washington State Ballot Initiative,

“Safe Schools, Safe Communities”

 

Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise stands with Washington State families and supports the I-1639 ballot initiative, “Safe Schools, Safe Communities.” This initiative has the power to save lives, while also protecting the Second Amendment.

 

“Grounded in Sandy Hook Promise’s mission of preventing gun violence BEFORE it happens, we strongly support policies that keep guns out of the hands of those who are at-risk of hurting themselves or others. By creating an enhanced background check system, a reasonable waiting period, a firearm safety training requirement, and ensuring accountability for the safe storage of firearms, I-1639 will help strengthen responsible gun ownership and public safety for everyone,” says Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

Initiative 1639 will do the following: 

  • Create an enhanced background check for semi-automatic rifles, similar to what is required for handguns.
  • Require completion of a firearm safety training course within the last five years, which includes basic safety and secure storage laws, safe handling, and an overview of state and federal firearms laws.
  • Raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21, bringing it in line with handgun purchase requirements.
  • Create standards for Dangerous Access Prevention, which will hold a gun owner accountable if a child or other prohibited person accesses and uses an improperly stored firearm to hurt themselves or others.

 

We stand with Washingtonians as they lead this important ballot initiative on November 6th and vote to ensure the safety of their children and communities.

 

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 www.sandyhookpromise.org.

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Levi Strauss & Co. for Taking a Stance to Help End the Epidemic of Gun Violence

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Levi Strauss & Co. for Taking a Stance

to Help End the Epidemic of Gun Violence

 

Newtown, CT – September 4, 2018 – Today, Sandy Hook Promise applauds Levi Strauss & Co. for its commitment to creating a “Safer Tomorrow” with its latest initiative that demands common-sense gun measures and will provide support to gun violence prevention organizations and youth activists across the country.

 

“I am proud of companies like Levi Strauss that are finding ways to ensure the safety of all Americans, especially our children. As Chip Bergh stated in his Op-Ed, ‘we can’t insulate ourselves from every threat…[or] harden every place we gather,’ but with initiatives such as this, we can prepare for a Safer Tomorrow,” said Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Sandy Hook Promise stands with Levi Strauss, as they have decided that corporate responsibility and the safety of others outweighs the desire to stand in the background and avoid polarizing issues. As Levi Strauss’ CEO and President Chip Bergh mentioned in his Op-Ed, Levi Strauss has “never be afraid to take an unpopular stand to support a greater good.” Our programs at Sandy Hook Promise were designed to bring about this greater good, ending the epidemic of gun violence, and we are proud to have help from Levi Strauss in this effort. Sandy Hook Promise was founded on the belief that social change is possible, and will continue our work to effect that change.

 

Sandy Hook Promise’s mission strongly aligns with Levi Strauss’ goal of protecting communities across the country. Our proven programs demonstrate how impactful it is for someone to Know the Signs of gun violence to stop violence before it happens. Through our programs we have averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence.

 

“I applaud Levi Strauss and its executives for stepping up to the plate to create this new initiative to help curb the epidemic of gun violence in our country. We need common sense measures – such as universal background checks – to create a safer America and I’m happy that Levi Strauss is taking the lead to push for this,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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H.E. Winkler Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Award from Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise

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H.E. Winkler Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Award from

Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise

 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 4, 2018| Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

WHERE: H.E. Winkler Middle School – 4501 Weddington Road NW, Concord, NC 28027

WHO: H.E. Winkler Middle School Students, Sandy Hook Promise

VISUALS:

  • Sandy Hook Promise presenting the students of H.E. Winkler Middle School with award
  • Over 1,000 students attending the award ceremony,
  • Students creating murals and chalk drawings

 

WHAT: On Tuesday, September 4th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will visit H.E. Winkler Middle School to present students with the 2018 Start With Hello Student Spirit, Creativity, and Sustainability runner-up award. The students of H.E. Winkler Middle School are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to creatively integrate and implement the core values of SHP’s Start With Hello program among its student body. Following the success of the Start With Hello program at H.E. Winkler Middle school, the Cabarrus County Schools is looking to roll out SAVE Promise Clubs in every middle school this year, as well as to every elementary and high school next year.

 

“Winkler Middle School is excited to accept the award for our work with Start With Hello!  Our students work very hard to create a school where all of our students feel welcome and accepted,” said Michael Williams, principal of H.E. Winkler Middle School. “Our SAVE Promise Club, students, and teachers look forward to continuing to support SAVE Promise and Sandy Hook Promise during Start With Hello Week this year!”

 

Start With Hello is an results proven and easy to implement program that empowers students to create an inclusive and connected community by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized or rejected, to let them know that they are seen and valued. The program is available to schools at no-cost.

 

Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior.  Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and may choose to hurt themselves or others. SHP created the Start With Hello program as part of its mission to prevent gun violence – and other forms of violence – before it takes place.

 

H.E. Winkler Middle School was one of over 1,300 schools and youth organizations that participated in SHP’s 3rd Annual Start With Hello Week that took place from February 5 – 9, 2018.

 

Media is invited to attend the presentation. School administrators and students will be available for interviews. Please contact Stephanie Morris at stephanie@dvmcpr.com for interview requests.

 

Since its inception, SHP has educated over 3.5 million youths and adults in all 50 states with its Know The Signs Programs on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. Those trained are now able to spread SHP’s vital messages and help prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens.

 

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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Condemns the Department of Education Grant to Fund Arming Teachers

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Sandy Hook Promise Condemns the

Department of Education Grant to Fund Arming Teachers

 

Newtown, CT – August 23, 2018 – Today, Sandy Hook Promise rejected the Department of Education’s proposed plan to provide funding to arm teachers that was reported as students across the country are going back to school.

All students deserve safe, welcoming, supportive school environments where they can learn and thrive without fear. No parent should send his or her child to school and worry that the child may never come home. However, arming teachers is not the solution. Teachers agree, including those who own guns themselves: 74% of teachers surveyed by the National Education Association opposed arming teachers to combat gun violence in schools.

“We wholly reject this proposal to fund the arming of teachers in our children’s classrooms. While we welcome ideas to keep students safe, the Department of Education’s proposal is dangerous and misguided. No teacher should have to carry the responsibility of taking a student’s life in a shootout. Teachers and school administrators should be focused on education, not weapons training. We must invest in solutions to stop violence in our schools before it happens. Our Know the Signs programs, have been proven to help students and teachers identify, intervene, and get help for someone at-risk of doing harm and eliminate the need for any weapon to be introduced into the equation,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Sandy Hook Promise attended the White House listening session with President Trump and Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in February, following the Parkland shooting, and voiced strong concern and opposition to the President’s  suggestion to  arm teachers and staff.

We urge people to call Betsy DeVos’ office to tell her that arming teachers is not a part of a school safety plan. We believe we must ensure that all our students and school systems are trained to know the signs of gun violence and how to properly intervene when they learn someone is a threat to self or others to prevent gun violence before it happens. Know the Signs training should be implemented across every state.

 

In addition to calling DeVos’ office, below is a list of things everyone can do today to help ensure that all students and communities are safe:

Urge your school to adopt the Know the Signs programs

- Bring our Know the Signs programs to your community or school to teach students and adults how to be "upstanders" by knowing the signs and how to intervene.

 

Ask your legislators to support Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs):

- An ERPO is state-level legislation that temporarily removes guns from a person deemed to be an imminent risk to themselves or others.

- This legislation doesn't infringe on the Second Amendment, and gun rights can be reinstated once the person exhibiting at-risk behaviors is no longer a threat.

 

Make the Promise  

- Join us and Make the Promise to protect children from gun violence.

 

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise and March For Our Lives Come Together For the Last Stop of the Road to Change Tour

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Sandy Hook Promise and March For Our Lives Come Together

For the Last Stop of the Road to Change Tour

 

Newtown, CT – On the afternoon of Sunday, August 12th over 2,000 people attended the much-anticipated last stop of the March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour in Newtown, CT.

Both groups, each scarred by gun violence, came together to demonstrate their formidable strength with the mutual goal of pushing for common-sense gun reform across the country. This year alone, there have already been at least 54 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, in cities big and small.

Spearheaded by the March For Our Lives (MFOL) and Newtown teens, with support from Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), the community event included voter registration, activities for all ages, and fare from local food trucks including Iguanas on Wheels, Sherman’s Tap House, The Grumpy Pig BBQ, Weenie Lynns, and ice cream provided by Ben & Jerry’s. PepsiCo also donated refreshments and snacks for all attendees of the event.

When the MFOL teens arrived at the event, the Newtown community rallied together to applaud them for their bravery and strength.

The dynamic MFOL and Newtown teens all gave galvanizing and inspiring speeches, including Matt Deitsch, Jackie Corin, Bria Smith, Matt Post, Jammal Lemy, Ramon Contreras, Naomi Wadler, Yolanda King, and Langston Saint of MFOL, Natalie Barden, Tommy Murray, and Jackson Middleman of the Junior Newtown Action Alliance, Isabella Segall, Audrey Moline of Connecticut Teens Against Gun Violence, and Joshua Fee and Dayzra Bournes of the HDTV Youth Leadership Academy.

Notable attendees also included Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and Cameron Kasky of MFOL, Jeff Kasky of Families vs. Assault Rifles PAC, Fred Guttenberg of Orange Ribbons for Jaime, Manuel and Patricia Oliver of Change the Ref, and Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Entertainment for the event was provided by local bands, all with talented teen musicians, including Waveform, XY Chromotones, and the Polkadogs. Natalie Barden performed a set with her bandmates Lindsey Dievert and Rick Irving and gave a moving performance of the song “Humble and Kind” with her father, Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise. Natalie’s brother Daniel was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.  She also played a key role in organizing the overall program for the event.

The Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Connecticut Against Gun Violence, and Connecticut Teens Against Gun Violence also had tables at the event to lend their support to the cause.

“It was an honor to host the last stop of the March For Our Lives Tour here in Newtown. Despite the terrible circumstances that brought us together, Sandy Hook Promise is proud to stand alongside these teen activists to move the needle on gun reform across the country,” said Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Promise Elementary shooting.

The March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour kicked off in Chicago, IL on Friday, June 15th and traveled to more than 50 cities in over 20 states including Iowa, Texas, California, South Carolina, and Connecticut.

The tour traveled to places where the NRA has strongholds, as well as a number of communities that have been affected by gun violence where they met fellow survivors. At each stop, the MFOL activists registered young people to vote in advance of the upcoming mid-term elections.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.  SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

About March For Our Lives: March For Our Lives is a movement dedicated to student-led activism around ending gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in our schools today and gun violence in communities. On March 24, 2018, the organization held one of the largest rallies in Washington D.C. demanding for common-sense gun reform to ensure the safety of all students across the country in light of the growing epidemic of school shootings. For more information, visit www.marchforourlives.com.

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Sandy Hook Promise Organizing the Final Stop of the March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour in Newtown

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Sandy Hook Promise Organizing the Final Stop of the

March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour in Newtown

 

WHAT: On Sunday, August 12th, Sandy Hook Promise and the teen activists behind the March For Our Lives movement will come together for the last stop of the March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour.

 

Spearheaded by the dynamic March For Our Lives and Newtown teens, with support from Sandy Hook Promise, the community event is being held at the Fairfield Hills Campus from 2 PM – 6 PM and will include speeches from the student activists, voter registration, entertainment, food trucks and activities for all ages.

 

The March For Our Lives Road to Change Tour kicked off in Chicago, IL on Friday, June 15th and traveled to more than 50 cities in over 20 states including Iowa, Texas, California, South Carolina, and Connecticut. The tour traveled to places where the NRA has strongholds, as well as a number of communities that have been affected by gun violence where they met fellow survivors. At each stop, the MFOL activists registered young people to vote in advance of the upcoming mid-term elections.

 

WHEN:                  Sunday, August 12, 2018 | 2 PM – 6 PM

WHERE:                Fairfield Hills Campus – 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470

 

WHO:                    March For Our Lives Activists

                              Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of SHP

                              Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of SHP

                              Natalie Barden, Sister of Daniel Barden, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary

                              Junior Newtown Action Alliance Members

                              CT Teens Against Gun Violence Members

 

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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults 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.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

About March For Our Lives: March For Our Lives is a movement dedicated to student-led activism around ending gun violence and the epidemic of mass shootings in our schools today and gun violence in communities. On March 24, 2018, the organization held one of the largest rallies in Washington D.C. demanding for common-sense gun reform to ensure the safety of all students across the country in light of the growing epidemic of school shootings.

For more information, visit www.marchforourlives.com.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise to Partner with Broward County Public Schools to Train Students How to Identify Warning Signs of At-Risk Individuals Before Violence Happens

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Sandy Hook Promise to Partner with Broward County Public Schools to Train Students

How to Identify Warning Signs of At-Risk Individuals Before Violence Happens

 

Newtown, CT – As the community of Broward County continues to heal from the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, school officials are taking steps to ensure that its students are safe as they head back to school in the fall. One measure the school district is taking is to train students how to identify, intervene, and get help for someone exhibiting at-risk behaviors, as well as how to create a more connected and inclusive community through its partnership with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP).

“As a mom who has also experienced devastating loss from a school shooting, I understand that safety is a top priority for every parent in Broward County, and across the country, as students head back to school. Sandy Hook Promise is honored to partner with this resilient community to train its students how to be ‘upstanders’ in their community,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and the mother of 6-year-old Dylan who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

Broward County Public Schools plan to roll out two of SHP’s proven programs to its students, Say Something and Start With Hello.

The Say Something program teaches youth and adults the signs of at-risk behaviors and how to properly intervene before that person harms themselves or others. 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 told someone of their intention or gave some type of warning. To date, trained students have helped avert multiple school violence plots, teen suicides, and other acts of violence and self-harm.

SHP’s Start With Hello program empowers students to create an inclusive and connected community by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized, or rejected to let them know that they are valued. Social isolation, which is a growing epidemic across the country and in our schools, is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violence and suicidal behavior. Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression, and as a result, many pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and may choose to hurt themselves or others. Schools that have rolled out this program have reported a decrease in bullying and how students have created a culture of looking out for one another.

For more information, go to www.sandyhookpromise.org or email programs@sandyhookpromise.org.

Since its inception, Sandy Hook Promise has educated over 3.5 million youths and adults in all 50 states with its Know The Signs Programs on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. Those trained are now able to spread SHP’s vital messages and help prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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646-650-5005

Sandy Hook Promise Programs Provide Solutions to New Secret Service Guide Recommendations to Prevent School Violence

Sandy Hook Promise Programs Provide Solutions to New Secret Service Guide Recommendations to Prevent School Violence

July 13th, 2018 – Yesterday the Secret Service released a guide for preventing school violence based on data compiled over the last 20 years by the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center. Key findings from the report include recommendations for trained threat assessment teams, training students and staff to report on concerning behaviors, and to have a system in place where reports can be sent anonymously. They also highlighted the “importance of creating safe school climates in which students are empowered to share their concerns.” All of these recommendations are critical to preventing violence in schools.

Sandy Hook Promise has already been hard at work for the last few years delivering solutions exactly like the ones recommended in this new report, and are already seeing increasing numbers of interventions as a result.

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) offers evidence-based solutions with our Know the Signs programs to schools AT NO COST to prevent gun violence in their schools. SHP has trained over 3.5 million students and adults in these programs, helping to prevent many acts of violence and self-harm. Our programs help to foster a safer school climate where youth and adults are trained and empowered to identify, intervene, and get help for individuals before they hurt themselves or others.

“We are happy to see more evidence from this new Secret Service guide that recommend the actions we’ve already built into our Know the Signs programs,” said Nicole Hockley, Managing Director at Sandy Hook Promise, and mom to Dylan, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. “With these new recommendations, we hope that more schools will take action to bring in our no-cost programs so that we can achieve even greater impact in preventing gun violence in schools.”

The Secret Service report encourages schools to train students and staff to report concerning behaviors, and to have a system in place where reports can be sent anonymously via a website, hotline, or smartphone application that can be followed up on in real-time. After the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, Sandy Hook Promise launched this exact type of system: our Say Something Anonymous Reporting System. It was launched nationally, and school districts in Texas, Connecticut, and Minnesota have already begun implementing the system. This program trains students to recognize warning signs, especially in social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others, and to Say Something via our Anonymous Reporting System phone app, website, or hotline. Over 100 school districts across 17 other states are preparing to implement the Say Something

Anonymous Reporting System over the next few months. Schools already using this system have seen multiple interventions and are creating a safer environment for their students.

Another key finding from the Secret Service report is that ensuring a school has a trained threat assessment team in place to assess threats in advance, rather than assess them in the midst a crisis, is critical to preventing violence in schools. Sandy Hook Promise partnered with threat assessment expert Dr. Dewey Cornell of the University of Virginia to bring our threat assessment training, Safety Assessment and Intervention, to schools around the country at no cost. This program trains schools and community organizations how to identify, assess and respond to threatening behaviors before they escalate to violence.

Sandy Hook Promise provides all of our Know the Signs Programs, including the Safety Assessment and Intervention and the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, to school districts at no cost. To bring these programs to your school, visit sandyhookpromise.org.

 

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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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults 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.

For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Press Contact:

Stephanie Morris

Dini von Mueffling Communications

stephanie@dvmcpr.com

646-650-5005