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Gov. Malloy to visit Danbury High School to Salute District's Commitment to Sandy Hook Program

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                      PRESS CONTACT

October 20, 2015                                                                                          Nicole Hockley

                                                                                                                     Sandy Hook Promise

                                                                                                                     nicole.hockley@sandyhookpromise.org

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Governor Dannel Malloy Supports

Sandy Hook Promise’s “Say Something” Week

 

Public Proclamation from Gov. Malloy on Thursday, October 22

1200 people from Danbury School Create Logo, Friday, October 23

 

 

When it comes to acts of violence, including suicide and threats to others, most are communicated in some way before the incident occurs. In fact, in 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told people of his/her plans ahead of time and 70% of people who die by suicide told someone of their intention or gave some type of warning or indication. Imagine how many of these tragedies could be averted if someone said something?

 

That’s the problem Sandy Hook Promise wants to solve. Their free program, “Say Something”, teaches students in grades 6 -12 how to recognize warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from friends or individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and then to intervene and Say Something to a trusted adult to get help.

 

“Most of the time, warning signs of violence are communicated in advance, such as on social media, or can be observed in a person’s behavior.  Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do with that information,” said Mark Barden, Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of 7-year-old Daniel Barden who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  “Young people are the eyes and ears of their schools and community.  We can teach them how to properly identify and report threats, keeping themselves, their friends and their family safe.  They have the power to save lives.”

 

Governor Dannel P. Malloy agrees that the program can be hugely beneficial to schools across Connecticut.  “I’m inspired to see such a positive and beneficial program developed from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  We know that early identification and intervention can make a huge difference in a person’s life, especially if they are moving along the violence continuum.  Teens and adolescents can really help each other and their schools by looking after each other and taking action when they see, read or hear something that could lead to violence or demonstrates other at-risk behaviors.  The “Say Something” program does more than prevent violence and gun violence.  It can help students with a multitude of social and behavioral issues that they may face every day.”

 

Governor Mallow is proclaiming the week of October 19-23 as “Say Something Week” and will be making the proclamation official at Danbury High School in Danbury on Thursday, October 22 at 1:30pm.  Participating schools and students, as well as members of Sandy Hook Promise, will also be attending.

 

Broadview Middle School in Danbury is celebrating “Say Something” by implementing the training in their school and culminating with a “Wear Green for Say Something” day on Friday, October 23.  At 9:00am that day, all 1200 attending students and staff will form the “Say Something” logo on the field between the school and Danbury Hospital.  Mark Barden of Sandy Hook Promise and Mayor Mark D. Boughton will also be attending.

 

Media are invited to attend both events.

 

To participate in “Say Something Week” or to implement Say Something training at another time, schools and youth organizations across the country are encouraged to register at www.sandyhookpromise.org/saysomethingweek.  Schools and youth organizations that participate during the week of October 19-23 may also be eligible to apply for a special $10,000 “Say Something” award.

 

By registering, schools and youth organizations will be given digital access to no-cost and easy to implement Say Something training materials, presentations and a planning guide. The training can be done in an assembly, classroom or through student leaders and only takes 25-45 minutes.  If help is needed, Sandy Hook Promise can work with the school to deliver the program and/or provide a trainer, if available.  All training materials and resources are completely free.

 

The program is based on research conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention.

 

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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. 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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Broadview MS in CT Shares #SaySomething

We are so appreciative of our teacher, administrator, and school partners! They are they reason #SaySomething is such a success! Here's a wonderful note from a local CT teacher, who even let us share their amazing poster to let students know they can safely #SaySomething to them! Amazing!

 

"Thank you for this email. I have signed the petitions and appreciate the push for prevention, especially the efforts of those who have personally suffered such unbearable loss. My now 12 year old was in 4th grade at the time of the tragedy and I have a 4 year old who will start kindergarten at SHS next year. I work as a counselor for students with special needs and have been in my current position for 17 years. Not a day goes by that I do not think about my personal children those I am privileged to work with where I don't wish for a day where school violence is not a common occurrence.

Broadview Middle School in Danbury is embracing the SHP Programs. We look forward to seeing members of SHP at our event where the staff and students will be forming the Say Something logo on our field as a symbol of our commitment.

I'm also attaching a poster the adults are putting on their doors or other work space. Please feel free to share it- it's been a hit with our staff!

With the utmost respect,
Christine"

 

I would be honored to be your TRUSTED ADULT.

 

IF YOU SEE OR HEAR A WARNING SIGN OF POTENTIAL DANGER…

 

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I WILL LISTEN.

 

Together, we can stop violence before it happens.

 

SHP's "Say Something" Program Endorsed by 7 CT State Education Groups

Connecticut

October 19, 2015

AFT Connecticut, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE), the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the Connecticut Federation of School Administrators (CFSA) and the Connecticut State Department of Education have joined forces to show support for teaching students how to recognize and respond to potential threats of violence. The seven groups today announced their joint endorsement of the “Say Something” program, offered by Sandy Hook Promise, which teaches students in grades 6-12 how to look for warning signs, signals and threats of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others.

“We are committed to improving safety in schools across Connecticut and commend the Sandy Hook Promise team on developing a free program that engages students to recognize and report potential threats of violence – be they in the classroom, on the sports field or on social media. Students can be key partners in helping us ensure that schools maintain safe, positive climates where young people can learn and grow without fear of violence. It is our hope that every school serving grades 6-12 in Connecticut will participate in “Say Something” Week and show their support for increasing student safety,” the seven groups said in a joint statement.

Based on research conducted by two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention, Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, “Say Something” is a free program offered by Sandy Hook Promise that teaches students to how to properly identify and report threats to a trusted adult. The ultimate goal is to prevent tragedies like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 and, most recently, at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

“It is incumbent on us to do everything in our power to ensure the safety and well-being of our students while maintaining warm, welcoming learning environments where our students learn and thrive,” said State Commissioner of Education, Dianna R. Wentzell. “The “Say Something” program has the potential to support this goal by teaching strategies to help our teens recognize the signs when they or their friends might be in crisis and encourages them to tell a trusted adult who can help. We are grateful to the Sandy Hook Promise and all of our partners for making this important resource available to schools.”

During “Say Something” Week (Oct. 19-23), schools and youth organizations are encouraged to commit to bringing this vitally important training program to their students and members. Participating organizations may also be eligible to apply for a $10,000 “Say Something” award. This initiative is being led by Danbury School Systems, which is releasing a kick-off video to assist schools in what they can do and where they can go to find more ideas to support their efforts during “Say Something” Week.

"We are incredibly grateful to Danbury Public Schools for supporting “Say Something” Week and training students across Connecticut on this life-saving program," said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise. "One thing we learn in the aftermath of almost every mass shooting is that the shooter told at least one person, posted something on social media or exhibited worrying behavior - but no one intervened. “Say Something” trains students to know the signs of these behaviors and teaches them how to take action, before an individual reaches the point of self-harm or harm to others. Imagine how many tragedies can be averted by teaching teens this easy approach on how to identify and report threats."

The statistics on school violence are staggering – in four out of five school shootings the attacker told people of his or her plans before the incident took place. Related, 70% of people who die by suicide told someone of their intentions before taking their own life.


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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. 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 http://www.sandyhookpromise.org.

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Kind Words from a Promise Leader

"Hi, 
I received and email from my children’s school about participating in Say Something, which lead me to your website. I’ve been looking through things, the plans, the programs, the promise and I must applaud you all for doing something, for reaching out and inviting so many to reach back. There are so many ideas on what to do or how to make a difference that seem to fall so short of being effective (usually, this includes some kind of law or bill). But here, you want to get to the issues before they become terrible, irreversible, tragic events. Thank you for your efforts to make a real change."

Thank YOU for all your work!

Pleasant Run MS Takes on #SaySomething Week!

Pleasant Run Middle School, in Cincinnatti is taking part in #‎SaySomething Week where students will learn how to properly, safely, and effectively report threats of violence to keep our schools safe!

Read more about their participation and activities here: http://cin.ci/1Kela0K 

SHP Statement on UCC Shooting

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                           

October 2, 2015

 

PRESS CONTACT

Nicole Hockley, Sandy Hook Promise                                                        

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on

Shooting at Umpqua Community College, Oregon

 

 

Our hearts break for the shattered families and community of Umpqua Community College after yesterday’s horror.  We understand their pain now and in the days and years to come and we promise to support them in any way possible.  Our thoughts remain with them, the loved ones killed, those injured, and the countless traumatized.

 

While our hearts continue to break, our spirit never will.  Nor will our anger in knowing that this was yet another preventable tragedy.

 

We know that as we learn facts about this tragedy, our nation will once again enter the endless debate around gun control and gun freedom.  The debate goes on, but our children need us now.

 

What saddens us is that we also know that, as usual, facts will come to light about the warning signs and signals the shooter gave to others, who then took no action to intervene. 

 

While we at Sandy Hook Promise believe our country needs to make progress on policies for appropriate firearm access, we also believe that we must change our attitudes and behaviors on passively accepting daily threats and violence, believing ourselves immune to having this sort of tragedy in our own community and believing we are helpless to prevent it in any case.  None of us are immune and none of us are helpless.

 

Sandy Hook Promise offers, at no-cost, easily implementable programs and actions to help parents, youth, schools and community organizations “Know the Signs” of someone who is in need of help, is displaying at-risk behaviors or making threats, and take action to intervene.  We can prevent violence before a person reaches the point of picking up a weapon to hurt themselves or others.

There is no one solution that can stop all gun violence, but there are steps that we can, and must take.

 

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

 

Mark Barden & Nicole Hockley

Managing Directors, Sandy Hook Promise

 

 

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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. 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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#DVAwareness Month

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Nationwide, 94 percent of women murdered by men were killed by someone they knew. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Let's do more to #‎ProtectAllWomen.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1Ffj3ys

SH Promise Champion Dr. Dewey G. Cornell in New York Times

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“We have a flood of gun violence in the United States. Those occur throughout our community, not just in schools. We need to think about where that flood is coming from, and address the risk factors and causes of gun violence.”

- Sandy Hook Promise Champion Dr. Dewey Cornell

Read more: http://nyti.ms/1iFdFKj