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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Seattle High School Shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Yesterday, a student was shot and killed at Ingraham High School in Seattle. A suspect has been arrested for what police believe was a targeted attack in a record year for school shootings.

In response to the latest tragedy, 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 break for the family and friends of the student killed at Ingraham High School. We understand all too well the unspeakable pain of having a child taken by gun violence and effects that ripple throughout the entire community. As a nation, we once again unite in grief and fear. We must channel our grief and fear into positive action to end the epidemic of gun violence in America. We must resist the notion that gun violence is inevitable and, instead, assert the truth: gun violence is preventable.

“We owe it to all of the victims and survivors of school shootings and gun violence to take action to save lives — so our children can attend school safely. We must demand that public officials take immediate action to pass reasonable gun safety measures to better protect our children.”


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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