Winners Showcase How ‘Start with Hello’ Builds Community and Breaks Barriers
December 20, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that young people who feel connected to their school are less likely to engage in risky behaviors like substance abuse and violence. Designed specifically to help create a more inclusive and connected school community, the Start with Hello program reduces the social isolation that can lead to violence in schools. Breaking down barriers to build community is the subject of the Start with Hello Week Student Voices competition.
December 19, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Today, Congress passed the FY20 spending bill that included $125 million in funding for evidence-based school violence prevention under the STOP School Violence Act.
Sandy Hook Promise applauds the strong bipartisan leadership in both chambers that supported this effort to allocate much-needed funds for violence prevention programs and threat assessment teams in schools that will help stop suicides and school threats and save lives. SHP issued the following statement:
December 17, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Yesterday, Congressional leaders reached a long-awaited deal to fund research on gun violence for the first time in more than 20 years. With gun violence on the rise, this deal will provide $25 million to be split evenly between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health to study gun violence and how to prevent it.
Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement in response:
Sandy Hook Promise turns tragedy to transformation by making schools and communities safer
December 11, 2019 ̶ Newtown, CT ̶ Today, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, announced that more than 11 million students and educators have participated in one or more of its Know the Signs programs since their inception in late 2014. These programs focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training others 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.
December 5, 2019 -- NEWTOWN, CT -- Imagine being 10 years old and eating alone at a lunch table, surrounded by laughing classmates, and having no one to talk to. Making that uncomfortable, isolating experience a thing of the past is the common goal of the 11 Start With Hello Week School Award-winning schools and districts across the nation.
November 15, 2019 ̶ Newtown, CT ̶ Yesterday, a 16-year-old female student and 14-year-old male student were killed and three others were injured after an armed student opened fire in the quad before classes started and then shot himself. This is the 30th shooting attack at a school this year.
In response to this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise issues the following statement:
“My heart aches as we see more students killed and injured, and another community reeling from a school shooting. Schools should be among the safest places in our communities. For that to happen, we must teach students the warning signs that point to increased potential for violence,” 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. “Knowing the signs and having trusted adults and anonymous reporting systems in place are critical to reversing the deadly trend of violence in schools and preventing these tragedies from happening.”
November 8, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Yesterday, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released a study reviewing 41 school shootings between 2008 and 2017. The findings underscore that most of the school attackers demonstrated warning signs that were largely unreported prior to the shooting. The report also found that many of the shooters were severely bullied or isolated from their peers.
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Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Decreased Congressional Investment in Safer Schools
October 16, 2019 - Earlier this month, the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Committee cut the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) violence prevention program funding created under the STOP School Violence Act by $8 million. This cut comes in the wake of the highest year on record for school shootings and an increasing prevalence of mass shootings and youth suicides across the nation, making the need for violence prevention programs more critical than ever.
Sandy Hook Promise, the leading school violence prevention organization, issued the following statement in response:
“This funding is critical to protecting our children and we cannot afford to go backwards. Violence and suicides in our schools are preventable when we teach students and adults to ‘know the signs’ and get help to stop a tragedy. We urge Congress to reverse these short-sighted cuts to school violence prevention programs and pass the robust funding our schools need to save lives,” 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.
Congress passed the bipartisan STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909/S. 2495) in March 2018 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. The passage of STOP marked the largest authorized federal investment in school safety in history, authorizing a total of $1.075 billion dollars over eleven federal fiscal years. STOP makes grants available to state governments, local governments, and Tribes for evidence-based school violence prevention programming through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and school security infrastructure through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
Due to increased need and demand, Congress increased funding for STOP from $75 million in FY 2018 to $100 million in FY 2019, with $75 million dedicated to violence prevention programs under BJA. In FY 2020, the House passed an additional $25 million increase in STOP funding, allocating $93.75 million to these critical BJA programs.
The Senate CJS Committee FY2020 appropationation bill includes only $67 million for BJA violence prevention programs under the STOP Act, cutting existing funding by $8 million and representing a reduction of over $26 million from the House passed funding levels.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut and 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 can happen 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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