Tim Makris, Executive Director of Sandy Hook Promise, the grassroots organization created by community members of Newtown, CT in the aftermath of the December 14 shooting, issued the following statement today on the shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico:
"Today our hearts break as we learn of the school shooting at Berrendo Middle School that has injured two students. Exactly one year to the day after the formation of Sandy Hook Promise, an organization devoted to addressing the causes of gun violence, we are painfully reminded that our work is far from done. No child should ever have reason to be afraid to go to school. We ask that every parent and every American join us in helping make our future safer for our communities and for our children."
Local reports say that a 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas; hospital officials say the boy is in critical condition and the girl is in serious condition.
Last January 14, just one month after the shocking and tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that devastated our community, we announced the formation of Sandy Hook Promise. It has been a long and difficult year, but despite Washington's inaction, we feel proud of the work our supporters have helped us achieve in building a lasting organization capable of achieving success in our communities.
We've led efforts to pass new mental health legislation in Connecticut and to strengthen responsible gun legislation not only in our home state, but also in Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other states. At the federal level, we're working to advance mental health care and continuing to push for common sense solutions like background checks.
But more importantly, we're working person-by-person, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, on changes we can all make within our own communities – like helping children and young adults feel more connected.
Today, we celebrate that work and invite you to do the same by reading the timeline below. You are part of this process, and we can't do it without you. Tomorrow, we roll up our sleeves again and get back to work. Thank you.
Sandy Hook Promise today welcomed two new proposed changes that will strengthen the nation’s background check system by clarifying the language that prevents individuals with certain mental health issues from purchasing firearms. The announcement was issued by the White House and involves draft rules proposed by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.
On Saturday, Nicole Hockley will do what she has done every day for the past year. She will mourn the death of her son Dylan, who will forever be 6 years old after he and 19 of his first-grade schoolmates at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were killed by an invading gunman.
“We live with that loss every single day, so the one-year mark is just another day for us,” she said.
Along with her husband, Ian, and Dylan’s big brother, Jake, Hockley will spend Saturday privately, “having some quiet time together,” she said.
In the wake of the violence that also killed six educators, much of the Hockleys’ grief has been visible in public as they have put their energy into advocacy on a number of fronts.
On December 14, 2012, Nicole Hockley’s world turned upside down. Her son Dylan was one of 20 children and 6 educators murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She joined with others in the community to create Sandy Hook Promise to make change. The symbol of that change is the tree that continues to grow, with leaves representing all those we lost.
Right now, we at Sandy Hook Promise are all changing our Facebook profile pictures to this image of the Promise tree to show the world that on 12/14 we all stand together to prevent gun violence.
Will you join us and do the same?
How to show your Promise on Facebook
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We were horrified to hear today of a school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, just one day before the one year mark of the Sandy Hook shootings. Tragically, this shooting marks the 25th school shooting in the one year since December 14. Our hearts are with all the families of Arapahoe High School today. It's time to start a new conversation to protect our children.
--Tim Makris, Executive Director of Sandy Hook Promise
One month ago, Sandy Hook Promise unveiled our Parent Together initiative on Good Morning America. Since then, millions of people have heard our Parent Together message and celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Alyssa Milano, Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill and more have made the Promise to Parent Together. Countless media outlets have written about our efforts to build a community of people who put children first.
Recently, Nicole Hockley, David Wheeler, Mark and Jackie Barden, parents to Dylan, Ben, and Daniel, who were killed one year ago tomorrow at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Bill Sherlach, whose wife Mary Sherlach was one of the six educators killed, sat down to talk about their loss and their work with Sandy Hook Promise to build a safer world for all children.