Press Releases

STOP School Violence Act creates opportunity for schools to get grants and prevent gun violence

The "Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act," or "STOP School Violence Act" provides a real, actionable opportunity for more schools and districts to prevent tragedy before lives are lost.

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build on the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence and victimization. It was passed and signed into law on March 28, 2018, as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Gov. DeWine’s Response to the Tragic Shooting in Dayton, OH

On Tuesday, August 6, Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference to announce a platform of violence prevention policies in response to the tragic shootings Dayton, OH and El Paso, TXThe Governor highlighted Sandy Hook Promise’s ongoing work with the Ohio Department of Education to bring Safety Assessment and Intervention training to schools across the state with the help of a federal STOP School Violence Act award. The Governor also called for expanding background checks and implementing extreme risk protection orders. 

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Presidential Remarks on Mass Shootings

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to Presidential Remarks on Mass Shootings

 

Newtown, CT – August 5, 2019 – Today, President Trump held a press conference to address the wave of mass shootings across the country in the past week. The President called for condemning hate with “unity, devotion, and love” and creating a safer America through “Red Flag Laws” (aka Extreme Risk Protection Orders) that temporarily separate at risk individuals from firearms , and continued funding of the STOP School Violence Act. There was no televised mention of universal background checks that he tweeted support for hours earlier.

 

In response to these remarks, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement:

 

“Preventing gun violence takes more than just limiting who has access to guns. We need to pair real policy change with community education around what the warning signs are for potential violence, a willingness to speak up when seeing these signals from others, and safe ways to report threats.” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

 

“We must all come together in action. We must speak with one voice against acts of hate targeted at persons of color. And we must also put an end to rhetoric that stigmatizes mental illness because we know that people living with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of gun violence. The President has called for passing Extreme Risk Protection Orders and promised change. Yet, bipartisan proposals for ERPOs and universal background checks sit stalled in Congress. We urge the President to stand by his word and prevent future tragedies before they can happen.”

 

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

 

 

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on Recent Mass Shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, Dayton, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on Recent Mass Shootings 
 

August 4, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- The last seven days of 2019 have been the deadliest for mass shooting deaths in our country recently, claiming the lives of 33 people and leaving more than 80 people injured, some of whom are fighting for their lives. The victims were going about their daily lives, celebrating at outdoor festivals, shopping, out on a Saturday evening. They range in age from 2 to 82 years old. Sandy Hook Promise grieves with the families, communities, and our country, as this week has become another in the “new normal” of gun violence in the United States.  

 

As communities everywhere report feeling helpless, Sandy Hook Promise urges people to recognize that knowing the signs and saying something if one suspects someone is planning an act of violence are proven ways we can prevent further heartbreak. According to the Department of Homeland Security report on Mass Attacks in Public Spacesmore than 75% of mass shooters have let people know of their plans, including posting about them on social media. 

 

In response to this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise issue the following statement: 

 

“My heart aches as we continue to see communities torn apart by mass shootings. It is critical to know that there are signs -- like a hate manifesto, social media posts, and notable fascination with guns -- that point to increased potential for violence. We must stay vigilant and say something when we see these warning signals. Our safety lies in our commitment to protecting one another,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.  

 

The more we know the signs and who to tell when we see or hear themthe more successful we can be in stopping violence before it can begin,” Hockley continued. “Sandy Hook Promise’s programs have helped stop school shootings, suicides, and other planned acts of violence because people knew what to look for. We urge communities to come together to have these life-saving discussions.” 

 

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on gun violence prevention by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence. 

 

About Sandy Hook PromiseSandy 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 they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  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. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org. 

 

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications 

Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005 

 

 

Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Garlic Festival Shooting

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Garlic Festival Shooting

July 29, 2019 – Newtown, CT -- On the evening of Sunday, July 28th, at least one gunman opened fire at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA killing three people, including 6-year-old Stephen Romero, and injuring at least 12 others.

In response, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement:

“My heart is with the city of Gilroy and all who are affected. We cannot accept mass shootings to be the “new normal” in our country. Mass shootings are not normal, and everyone, especially children, have a right to feel safe when visiting any public space. In July alone, at least 11 children under the age of 12 have been shot and killed in this country. We deserve better. Our children deserve better. Sadly, no community is immune to gun violence, but we do have the tools to train people how to ‘Know The Signs’ of someone in crisis to help curb this epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our country. We all must speak up if we see someone exhibiting at-risk behaviors to better protect our children and communities,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting.

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

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 they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  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. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

 

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications
Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005

Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on CNN’s Report on School Shootings Over the Last 10 Years

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on CNN’s Report on School Shootings Over the Last 10 Years 

 

July 26, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- A recent study conducted and released by CNN, provides a detailed view of school shootings that have happened across America over the last 10 years.  

 
In response, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement: 

 
“CNN’s latest report highlights a rise in the number of school shootings that have happened over the past 10 years, and projects that this rise will continue. We cannot accept this “new normal” of school violence, as there is nothing normal about this. We have the tools to train our children how to ‘Know The Signs’ of someone in crisis before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community where everyone looks out for one another. As we have seen over the years, no city or town is immune to a school shooting, but we know that preventative measures are proven to work and can help curb this epidemic,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. 

 

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence. 

 
 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 they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  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. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org. 

 
 

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications 

Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005 

 
 

 

Sandy Hook Promise Awarded $700,000 Grant by National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research

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Sandy Hook Promise Awarded $700,000 Grant by National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research  

July 26, 2019 – Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) has been awarded a $700,000 grant over three years by the National Collaborative for Gun Violence Research to evaluate the effectiveness of Start With Hello and Say Something violence prevention programs in Los Angeles Unified School District, the third largest public school district in the nation.  

SHP’s study, in partnership with the University of Michigan, is among $9.8 million in grants announced by the collaborative for 17 research projects that will produce evidence for improving gun policy in America. Collectively, the grants are among the largest funding awards for gun policy research since the federal government abandoned significant funding in this area more than two decades ago.  

This study was selected from among 47 full proposals invited by the collaborative after receiving 248 letters of interest responding to its proposal request. The study will measure the programs’ ability to teach youth to recognize and report potential violence and mental health threats while improving school climate to become more socially inclusive and promote positive youth behaviors, reducing risks for firearm-related violence and firearm related behaviors. The study will track outcomes longitudinally over a three-year period (2019-2022) via a two-group cluster randomized control trial that will involve students from 48 middle schools across the district.  

“America needs evidence-based answers on the causes of gun violence and how to prevent it,” said Andrew Morral, director of the collaborative. “These research projects, selected first and foremost for their rigor, will generate evidence for informing policy that protects the public and preserves the rights of responsible gun owners.” 

Despite more than 38,000 deaths and 115,000 firearm-related injuries a year in the United States, the federal government invests only a fraction as much in gun violence research as it does in other causes of death that kill similar numbers of people.  

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research supports carefully selected, rigorous research designed to broaden agreement on the facts associated with gun policy, and support development of fair and effective policies. The collaborative is administered by the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and began operation with $20 million in funding from the Texas-based Arnold Ventures. The collaborative seeks charitable contributions to support its ongoing work. 

For more information, go to www.ncgvr.org. 

 

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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center’s “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces” Report

For Immediate Release

 

Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Secret Service

National Threat Assessment Center’s “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces” Report

 

July 10, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Yesterday, the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center published its annual “Mass Attacks in Public Spaces” report studying 27 attacks in schools, places of worship, and workplaces. The findings reinforce the fact that gun violence can be prevented by recognizing at-risk behaviors and taking action to intervene. In almost all cases studied, the perpetrators made overt threats and in more than 75% of the cases, someone else had noticed troubling signs.

In response, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement:

“The Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center’s latest report on mass attacks supports what we know to be true - that gun violence is preventable when we ‘know the signs’,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “The more we learn about the behaviors that correlate to increased potential for violence, stay vigilant, and ‘say something’ when we see warning signs or threats, the more tragedies we can intervene on and the more lives we can save. Our safety ultimately lies in our commitment to protecting one another.”

To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.

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 they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others.  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. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.

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Media Contact: Dini von Mueffling Communications
Stephanie Morris | stephanie@dvmcpr.com | 646-650-5005