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Sandy Hook Promise statement on Brooklyn school shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Yesterday, two students and one adult were injured during a shooting outside of Williamsburg Charter High School, in Brooklyn, New York. This latest shooting comes less than a month after a shooting at an educational mentorship program in Des Moines, Iowa. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have already been more than 4500 gun violence deaths and 60 mass shootings in 2023.

In response to today’s shooting, Nicole Hockley, co-founder and CEO of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, issued the following statement:

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this latest school shooting at Williamsburg Charter School, as we send them healing energy for swift recovery. Instead of heading home after school, two students went to the hospital and another community has been traumatized by gun violence.

“Every time a school is violated by gun violence, the fear ripples through communities across the country. As these shootings continue, students, educators and parents don’t wonder if there will be another attack on a school, but rather when.

“We cannot allow school shootings and gun violence to continue. We must all learn the warning signs of someone who is at risk of hurting themselves or others and take action to get help. We must take responsibility to end the normalization of gun violence.”


Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) envisions a future where all children are free from school shootings and other acts of violence. As a national nonprofit organization, SHP’s mission is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities. Creators of the life-saving, evidence-informed “Know the Signs” prevention programs, SHP teaches the warning signs of someone who may be in crisis, socially isolated, or at-risk of hurting themselves or others and how to get help. SHP also advances school safety, youth mental health, and responsible gun ownership at the state and federal levels through nonpartisan policy and partnerships. 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. 

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