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Sandy Hook Promise Speaks With President Trump About Commonsense Ways to Prevent Gun Violence

Sandy Hook Promise met with President Trump and his administration, along with other gun violence survivors, for a listening session to explore actions we can take to make schools safer at the federal level.

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Listening Session at the White House

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Listening Session at the White House

 

February 21, 2018 – Today, Sandy Hook Promise will meet with President Trump and his administration, along with other gun violence survivors, for a private listening session to explore actions we can take to make schools safer at the federal level. This meeting comes after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the other 17 school shootings that have happened in this country since January 1st.

 

We view this as a step forward in formulating a comprehensive response to end the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country. A great deal needs to be done. Just yesterday, Florida lawmakers voted against taking up a bill to ban assault weapons.

 

"We are inspired by the incredible students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who are advocating for safer schools everywhere," said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father to Daniel, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  "This is not a hopeless or helpless situation; solutions are available. We stand with the students in demanding change now, before any more communities are torn apart by preventable gun violence.  We call on our elected officials to take action, and not ignore this issue any longer."

 

Below are things everyone can do today to help ensure that all students are safe.

 

Train youth to spot the signs and how to properly intervene through our Know the Signs programs:

- With these proven programs, students, educators, parents and community leaders can learn how to identity at-risk behaviors, assess threats and properly intervene before a tragedy occurs.

- 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plans or exhibited warning signs.

- To date, these programs have helped avert several school shooting plots and threats, as well as teen suicides and other acts of violence.

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.  

- ERPOs are available in California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington and over 19 other states have introduced similar legislation.

Call your Representatives to support the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:

- This legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence.

- The STOP School Violence Act invests federal funding each year to:

- Train school personnel, local law enforcement, and students to identify warning signs and intervene to stop interpersonal violence and suicide.

- Develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, bullying, suicide, and mental health and substance abuse issues in coordination with local law enforcement.

- Train and operate school threat assessment and intervention teams to preemptively triage threats before tragedy hits.

- Enable better coordination between schools and local law enforcement.

Talk to your legislators:

- Demand sustainable gun violence prevention methods be implemented, such as the “FIX NICS Act” that aims to increase state compliance with and improve the accuracy of existing background check systems for firearm purchases.

- Make the Promise and/or get your community and schools involved with our other Know the Signs programs:

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

- 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.  

 

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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SHP Statement on Student-Led March For Our Lives

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Student-Led March For Our Lives

 

February 19th, 2018 – Sandy Hook Promise is proud to support the students and community from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in their efforts to prevent gun violence in America and demand change from Washington during the March For Our Lives on March 24th, 2018.

 

"In the wake of the deadliest school shooting since the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the life of my sweet little Daniel, we are inspired by the strength of these students and their ability to clearly yet passionately articulate their experiences and call for action," said Mark Barden, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel.  "Our children were too young to have voices in this national conversation when they were killed, and we have been their voice for the last five years. The students and survivors from Parkland, Florida know what they want and need from their leaders in Florida and in Washington D.C. It’s time for the adults to stand aside and listen to the next generation - they command and deserve our full attention."

 

"We've always said that gun violence prevention is a two-generation problem and that change will come from current students, which is why we focus our programs in middle and high schools," said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, also killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "We ask everyone to support these students, amplify their voices and let them lead the way as they fight for change this country so desperately needs. They have inspired hope after living through tremendous, heart shattering loss. The pain they face is insurmountable, yet they have chosen to honor their friends, teachers, and loved ones without an ounce of fear and with steadfast determination that is needed to fix broken laws, change cultures and attitudes around gun violence prevention, and create a safer country for everyone."

 

Please join us in supporting the Stoneman Douglas students leading the March for Our Lives and let us listen to, and act for, the chorus of new voices demanding the change they deserve.

 

Find our more at www.MarchForOurLives.com

 

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.

 

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

 

February 14, 2018 –  Today, not even two months into 2018, we saw the 18th school shooting in America this year. Parkland, Florida joined a rapidly growing number of American communities that have been affected by the deadly consequences of gun violence. A 19-year-old former student pulled the fire alarm and opened fire at terrified students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as they were dismissing for the day, killing at least 17 and injuring many others. Our hearts are with the Parkland, FL community as we understand all too well what the community is going through today, and in the days to come.

 

This is the fifth school shooting just this month and there were 13 recorded in January 2018. The frequency of school shootings are increasing at an alarming rate, and they happen at this rate nowhere else in the world. Students are only midway through the school year, continuously witnessing attack after attack, by many perpetrators who showed signs of a crisis before they turned violent.

 

All students across this country deserve to feel safe at school. We can no longer ignore this issue. It is not the time to feel helpless or hopeless, it is time to speak out, take action, and protect our kids from senseless, preventable gun violence.

Here’s what you can do today:

Train youth to spot the signs and how to properly intervene through our Know The Signs Programs:

- With these proven programs, students, educators, parents and community leaders can learn how to identity at-risk behaviors, assess threats and properly intervene before a tragedy occurs.

- 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plan or exhibited warning signs.

- To date, these programs have helped avert several school shooting plots and threats, as well as teen suicides and other acts of violence.

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.

- ERPOs are available in California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington and over 19 other states have introduced similar legislation.

Talk to your legislators:

- Demand sustainable gun violence prevention methods be implemented

- Also, we urge you to call Representatives to support the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. This legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence.

Make the Promise and/or get your community and schools involved with our other Know the Signs programs:

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

- 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.

 

As we know, no community, town, or city is exempt from the scourge of gun violence. There are steps we can all take and we can start TODAY. We are overdue for sustainable gun violence prevention measures and need to make a change before more innocent children lose their lives.

We hold Parkland close and grieve with them tonight, and we promise to wake up tomorrow determined to honor the lost and work until the violence ends. Our children deserve nothing less.

 

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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SHP Statement on Sal Castro Middle School Shooting

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Salvador Castro Middle School Shooting

 

February 1, 2018 – Another community is forever changed today as a 12-year-old student opened fire at Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, CA shooting two 15-year-old students, as well as injuring two children and an adult. This is the fourth school shooting to occur in a less than two-week span. Our hearts and thoughts are with those in the Sal Castro Middle School community, as we understand all too well what they are going through today and in the days to come.

 

Last week we witnessed three school shootings. In Benton, KY a student killed two 15-year-olds and injured 16 others. Another 15-year-old was shot and injured in Italy, TX, and a 14-year-old was wounded when someone opened fire from a pickup truck outside a New Orleans, LA charter school.

 

Students are only midway through the school year. Something must be done to address this epidemic.

 

Following last week’s incidents, many parents said that they didn’t think this could happen in their children’s school. We in Sandy Hook didn’t think so either. Unfortunately, no community, town, or city is immune to gun violence, it touches all corners of this country, all too often. We must remain united in the fight against gun violence and there are steps you can take today to protect our kids.

 

Make the Promise, call your legislators and urge them to cosponsor and support H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, keep guns securely locked up and away from children, and get your community and school involved in our no-cost Know The Signs violence prevention programs to help recognize at-risk behavior and take action to stop violence before it happens.

 

Our hearts are with the Los Angeles Unified School District and community as they navigate this horrifying 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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Call Your Representative to Support the STOP School Violence Act

Sandy Hook Promise is supporting the STOP School Violence Act, HR 4909 and S 2495, to create new federal funding that will bring efforts like our Know the Signs programs to schools across the country, so students and adults know how to spot and report warning signs of gun violence before a tragedy occurs. Help us pass this important bill by taking action today!

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of Critical School Safety Legislation entitled the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, Urging Swift Passage in Congress

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of Critical School Safety Legislation entitled the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, Urging Swift Passage in Congress

 

Newtown, CT – January 31, 2018 – In the first weeks of 2018, we have had 11 school shootings including the fatal tragedy last week in Benton, Kentucky. We know that violence in our schools, including suicide, bullying, and mass shootings, is preventable through proven early intervention programs and training.  Following tragedies like Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, the federal government has funded short-term school safety initiatives focused on crisis response, active shooters, and physical infrastructure. While these are important investments, we have not yet seen sustained strategies` to curb youth violence or stop suicides and violence in our schools before they happen. Our students, educators, and local law enforcement need the tools and support to take proactive and continuous steps towards improving school safety.

 

Sandy Hook Promise praises U.S. Congressmen John Rutherford (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-KY), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) for introducing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018.

 

“No child should fear going to school and no other parents should have to know the pain of losing their child in a school shooting. We can stop violence in our schools by training our students and their educators to know the signs and intervene. We are proud to support this legislation that will ensure that millions more schools will be trained in prevention and lives will be saved,” 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.

 

“As a 40-year career law enforcement officer, I know firsthand the importance of identifying signs of trouble and intervening in a situation before it escalates to violence,” stated Congressman Rutherford.  “The best way to keep our students and teachers safe is to prevent tragedy before it occurs.  Our bill takes important steps to do just that by encouraging local schools to partner with local law enforcement to learn how to identify threats, so that incidents can be stopped before they occur, saving lives and preventing violence.  No parent should have to be fearful of sending their child to school, and I thank my colleagues for joining me in the effort to enhance school safety.”

“Just since the beginning of the year, we’ve had at least eleven shootings on school property. This shouldn’t be how schools begin a new semester,” said Congressman Deutch. “Children and teachers must feel safe in their classrooms. This bill is a sensible and meaningful approach to gun violence in schools by equipping students, teachers, and administrators with the tools to identify possible signs of violence and respond appropriately.”

 

The legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens by authorizing the Department of Justice to make grants to states for the purposes of training students, school personnel, and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene to prevent people from hurting themselves or others.  The legislation also permits the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, and formation of school threat assessment and intervention teams to help schools intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes.

 

“In Kentucky, we were gravely reminded last week of the dire need for more effective prevention efforts in our schools to curb violence and reach our troubled youth before another heartbreaking tragedy occurs,” said Congressman Rogers. “We clearly need to do more to help our students on both sides of the equation: both bullies and their victims need more comprehensive intervention in our schools. It is my hope that Congress will take quick action to pass this worthy life-saving bill, which also gives teachers and staff additional support.”

“When our kids go to school, they should be excited about the day ahead — not fearful for their safety,” Congressman Kilmer said. “This legislation will give teachers, students and administrators the tools and resources necessary to stop school violence before it starts. This is a great first step in making our schools safer, and I hope this bipartisan effort leads to future action that directly addresses the specific threat of gun violence in schools.”

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 to Host 3rd Annual Start With Hello Call-To-Action Week 2/5 – 2/9

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Sandy Hook Promise to Host 3rd Annual

Start With Hello Call-To-Action Week 2/5 – 2/9

 

Students across the country will learn how to create a connected and inclusive community, as well as how to prevent violence through this proven program

 

Newtown, CT – On the heels of the success of its latest PSA, “Tomorrow’s News”, which was viewed over 1.6 million times, Sandy Hook Promise is announcing its third annual national Start With Hello Call-to-Action Week

Start With Hello is a no-cost, easy-to-implement program for schools and community organizations. With the program, students are empowered 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 and are not invisible.

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.

“Every year we receive amazing feedback from schools participating in Start With Hello week, from how easy and fun it is to implement, to how much the students love it and the positive impacts they are experiencing as a result,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director at Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of six-year old Dylan, killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting. “While Start With Hello and creating inclusive, connected school communities has many social benefits, we also know that chronic social isolation can lead to acts of violence and self-harm.  We can take actions to prevent this from happening, including simple actions like reaching out and saying “Hello”.

During the week of February 5th through the 9th, SHP will work with schools across the nation during the Start With Hello call to action week, aiming to reach hundreds of thousands of students. Start With Hello is delivered at no cost to schools and organizations by SHP. The program can be taught by SHP trained presenters in the classroom or assemblies, or it can be self-lead by schools downloading the digital curriculum.

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

Since its inception, Sandy Hook Promise has educated nearly 2.5 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.

They are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of 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. Our office is located at 13 Church Hill Road, Newtown. For more information visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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