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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the School Shooting in Prescott, Arkansas

For Immediate Release

 

Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the School Shooting

in Prescott, Arkansas

 

April 2, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Yesterday, an 8th grade boy brought a gun to Prescott High School and shot a classmate in a premeditated attack. In response to this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise issue the following statement:

 

“It pains me to know that this latest school shooting was preventable,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. “Kids and adults must be equipped to ‘know the signs’ of potential violence and encouraged to say something when they see warning signs like social media posts of students with guns making threats. Joking with posts like this, even on April Fools Day, is never okay and should never be ignored. Our wishes for speedy recovery are with the victim and his family.”

 

To date, more than 6.5 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 other acts of violence.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it can happen 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. 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 Responds to the Tragedies Within the Community of School Shooting Survivors

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Tragedies within the Community of School Shooting Survivors

 

March 27, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Over the last two weeks, three survivors of school shootings tragically died by suicide, including Jeremy Richman, father of Avielle who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on Dec., 14, 2012.

In response to this tragic news, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement:

“There are no words to express the pain we feel for the loss of precious life. Jeremy Richman was a beloved Newtown community member and celebrated neuroscientist who was doing amazing work leading The Avielle Foundation to research brain health, prevent violence, and build compassion. We urge everyone to learn about his work at www.aviellefoundation.org and support its ongoing mission.

“We believe all of Newtown will feel the loss of Jeremy and our hearts are with his family and friends.

“The traumatic events of the past week in the Newtown and Parkland communities have shown the lasting, often forgotten lifelong impact of these traumatic events on survivors -- parents, grandparents, siblings, communities. We need profound change: in how we relate to and take care of one another, the mental wellness services we provide to survivors, victims, and impacted community members, and in the legislation that supports our schools’ ability to educate the next generation to recognize the warning signs of suicide.”

With love,

The staff and families of Sandy Hook Promise

 

If you or someone you know needs help, you can reach the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or the Crisis Text Line by texting "Hello" to 741-741, twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Further suicide prevention resources can be found here:

Newtown Center for Support and Wellness

203.270.4612 | newtowncsw.org

Newtown Youth and Family Services

203.270.4335 | www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org

Resiliency Center of Newtown

203.364.9750 | resiliencycenterofnewtown.org

 

First Responders: Behavioral Health Consultants

800.864.2742

 

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 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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

Students at Seymour Middle School Avert Potential Violence Following Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something Week Training

Students at Seymour Middle School Avert Potential Violence

Following Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something Week Training

 

Newtown, CT – March 21, 2019 – Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) praises the brave students of Seymour Middle School in Seymour, CT who helped avert potential violence in their school by standing up to “say something” when they saw disconcerting information and behaviors coming from one of their peers.

Just weeks after participating in SHP’s annual Say Something Week, students implemented what they learned during the training and notified a trusted adult with their observations. Say Something Week is an annual call-to-action week that reinforces the power young people have in preventing tragedies when they “say something” to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting themselves or others.

“I am proud of the swift action that these brave students took when they noticed something was awry with their classmate. It is crucial that we teach young people how to be ‘upstanders’ in their schools and communities, as they often see and hear things that adults miss,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. “We also praise Richard Kerns, the director of security for Seymour Public Schools, Superintendent Michael Wilson, and Dr. Edward Hendricks, a Seymour Public Schools board member, for rolling out Say Something to Seymour students. The training has proven to be an invaluable tool to ensuring that schools remain safe.”

In addition to the Say Something program, Seymour Public Schools is also a STOP School Violence Act grant partner. The STOP Act is a federal grant program that provides school districts with the funds to implement preventative safety measures to stop violence before it happens. More than 6.5 million people 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 signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Introduction of Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Introduction of

Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in Maine

 

March 19, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Today, legislation to establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) was introduced in the Maine State Senate. State Senator Rebecca Millet filed bill LD 1312, which would allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition a judge to temporarily separate an individual from a firearm who is at risk of harming themselves or someone else.

In response to the introduction of this legislation, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

“As we have seen in far too many recent shootings, when a loved one is in crisis, family members are often the first to see the signs and signals of violence before a tragedy. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a critical tool to stop violence before it can happen because they allow family members and law enforcement to intervene quickly when someone is posing a threat to themselves or others,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “We applaud the Maine legislature and Sen. Rebecca Millet for introducing this life-saving legislation and urge its swift passage.”

ERPOs have been proven to help avert suicides and other acts of gun violence and have been passed in 14 other states. Sandy Hook Promise views ERPOs as a key part of ending the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country.

 

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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

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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 Tragic Mass Shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand

For Immediate Release

 

Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Tragic Mass Shooting

in Christchurch, New Zealand

 

March 15, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- On Friday, 49 people were killed and 48 children and adults were injured at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand after a heavily armed gunman opened fire during prayers at a mosque. The attack was driven by hate for Muslims and immigrants, as outlined in a manifesto left behind by the shooter, and broadcast live on Facebook.

 

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

 

“My heart aches as we continue to see places that should be safe havens be torn apart by gun violence. Places of worship, as spiritual homes, should be among the safest places there are on this planet - just like schools should be. When this sense of safety is diminished, it hurts us all. We must unite together and commit to preventing violence every place where we expect and deserve to feel and be safe,” 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. “There are signs -- like a 74-page hate manifesto and social media posts, in this case -- 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.”

 

To date, more than 6.5 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 countless school shooting plots, teen suicides, and other acts of violence.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it can happen 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. 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 Endorses Ethan’s Law in Connecticut

For Immediate Release

 

Sandy Hook Promise Endorses Ethan’s Law in Connecticut

 

March 12, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Following the tragic death of Ethan Song in 2018, new legislation Ethan’s Law (H.B. 5345) has been developed to strengthen safe firearm storage requirements in Connecticut by closing state loopholes on criminal liability for unsafe storage of a firearm that results in the death of a minor under age 18.

In response to the hearing on this legislation yesterday, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement:

“Although Connecticut currently has strong child access prevention laws that impose criminal liability on adults whose unsafe storage of a firearm results in the death of a minor, there is a loophole in current law that says criminal liability can only be imposed if the gun is stored loaded. Ethan’s Law would close this loophole by clarifying that current law also applies to unloaded guns and further extends these protections to all children by changing the definition of minor from children ages 16 and under to children ages 18 and under. These are common-sense steps that should be taken immediately,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012.

“I am proud to be here today in support of the Song family, and we stand with them in honoring Ethan’s memory by expressing our strong support for Ethan’s Law,” Barden continued. “This measure will correct two dangerous flaws in our state’s child access prevention laws and bring us one step closer to protecting all children in our state from gun violence. I ask that the committee report bill 7218 favorably.”

This bill would fix a loophole in current law, which states that criminal liability can only be imposed if a gun is stored loaded. Ethan’s Law would close this loophole by clarifying that the law also applies to unloaded guns. Ethan’s Law further extends these protections to all children by changing the definition of minor from children ages 16 and under, to children ages 18 and under.

According to a 2018 study by scholars at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, 4.6 million minors in the U.S. live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm. Further, surveys by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital have shown that three out of four children know the location of their parent’s gun in the home, and one out of every three children admitted to handling the gun unsupervised. Without strong policy action, these statistics represent countless tragedies waiting to happen.

 

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 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Media Contact:

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

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Hearing on Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sandy Hook Promise Responds to the Hearing on

Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation in New Hampshire

 

March 6, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Yesterday, the New Hampshire House of Representatives heard testimony on proposed legislation to establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), which would allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition a judge to temporarily separate firearms from an individual who is at risk of harming themselves or someone else.

 

In response to the testimony, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:

 

“As we have seen in far too many shootings, when a loved one is in crisis, family members are often the first to see the signs and signals of potential violence. Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a critical tool to stop violence before it can happen because they allow family members and law enforcement to intervene quickly when someone is posing a threat to themselves or others,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “We stand with the brave survivors that shared their grief and pain with the committee -- and support the demand for this life-saving legislation, so that no other parent has to endure the senseless loss of a child to gun violence.”

 

ERPOs have been proven to help avert suicides and other acts of gun violence and have been passed in 14 states. Sandy Hook Promise views ERPOs as a key part of ending the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country.

 

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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffling Communications

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

Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Introduction of the SAVE Students Act in Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Introduction of the SAVE Students Act in Ohio

 

Newtown, CT - March 6, 2019 - Today, Sandy Hook Promise applauded the introduction of the Safety and Violence Education for Students (SAVE Students) Act in the Ohio State House. This new legislation in Ohio is aimed at combating the crisis of violence, bullying, and suicide that is devastating our nation’s schools. If passed, this bill would set a new national standard for statewide school safety programming.

 

In response to the introduction of this legislation, Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement: “We know school violence is preventable when we teach youth and adults to ‘know the signs’ of violence and suicide and get help to stop a tragedy before it can happen,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “This legislation would protect Ohio’s students across the state and create a national model for prevention that empowers our youth to help save lives.”

 

The SAVE Students Act was introduced by State Representative Gayle Manning (R) and State Representative Glenn Holmes (D) today in the Ohio House. The legislation would require that all middle and high school students in the state have access to evidence-based programming that teaches how to combat social isolation and build inclusive community, identify the signs and signals of interpersonal violence and suicide, and how to reach out for help. It would also establish a statewide anonymous reporting system to collect tips and information about potential threats to the safety of Ohio students.

 

Additionally, the SAVE Students Act would ensure that all Ohio schools have a designated school threat assessment team that is trained on how to identify and intervene when threats of violence are made and how to get students help before a crisis. The establishment of school threat assessment teams was a leading recommendation from mental health and safety experts following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

 

“This legislation is one step forward in addressing the mental health issues and social isolation among children. As a retired elementary school teacher, I am familiar with the unfortunate reality and the growing problem of social isolation and its effect on children’s’ mental health.,” said Rep. Manning. “I am excited to work with my joint sponsor on a piece of legislation that works to better the lives of children and their mental health.”

 

“Our students deserve to be supplied with the best possible resources, especially when it comes to their safety and mental health," Rep. Holmes said. “I’m proud to work with a group like Sandy Hook Promise, who ensures their methods are effective by basing them in evidence and research.”

 

To date, more than 5.5 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 countless school shooting plots, teen suicides, and other acts of violence.

 

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it can happen 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. 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