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Sandy Hook Promise Releases Statement on Virginia Beach, VA Shooting
Newtown, CT - On Friday, May 31st, twelve people were killed and four were injured when a disgruntled employee opened fire in a municipal building in Virginia Beach, VA. This tragedy is the deadliest mass shooting in 2019.
In response, Sandy Hook Promise is releasing the following statement:
“We are heartbroken for the Virginia Beach community, as their community is added to a growing list of cities across the country that has been marred by gun violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive, this is the 150th mass shooting to take place in our country and the deadliest shooting that we have seen since the Thousand Oaks, CA tragedy that took place last fall,” 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 must all take the time to learn the signs of someone in crisis and say something when we see them, as it can save lives. We all have a responsibility to look out for one another to create safer communities across our country.”
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NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces partnership with Sandy Hook Promise to provide the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System statewide in 2019-20
May 30, 2019 - NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the state education agency has contracted with Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) to provide a statewide Say Something Anonymous Reporting System in the 2019-20 school year. The Say Something program, including an anonymous mobile tip app, is a school safety program designed to change and save lives by teaching students, educators, and administrators how to recognize the signs and signals of those who may be at risk of hurting themselves or others and to anonymously report this information through the mobile tip app, the website, or the telephone crisis hotline.
“Students play a critical role in helping to keep schools safe,” Johnson said. “They may see and hear concerns that adults need to know about but may be reluctant to report it. With the Say Something program, middle and high school students will better understand what warning signs to look for and when and how to report important tips through an app. Making this app available will be an important part of our efforts to make schools safer.”
"We are proud and eager to work with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to train students across the state to 'know the signs' of potential violence and report them to a trusted adult or via the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System,” 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. “With these comprehensive violence prevention systems in place, North Carolina schools will be safer, protecting millions of lives and empowering youth to be upstanders in their communities."
The Sandy Hook Promise Gala coming up this June honors Promise Champions, the men and women from across the country working to prevent violence and victimization in all its forms. Proceeds from the Sandy Hook Promise Gala help fund delivery of Sandy Hook Promise’s no-cost violence prevention programs in schools, youth organizations, and communities nationwide. Please join us in thanking our generous Gala sponsors, who make so much of our work possible:
American Medical Association
Anne Lewis Strategies, an Infogroup Company
Bank of America
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Levi Strauss & Co.
Liberty Partners Group
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Association of Broadcasters
National Education Association
New York Life
Peck Madigan Jones
Precision Medicine Group
Procter & Gamble
Stanley Black & Decker
The Elva and Lawrence O'Brien Family Trust
The Nickles Group
Transport Workers Union
Vic Fazio and Kathy Sawyer
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Sandy Hook Promise Announces Winners of Annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week
Schools across the country are recognized for student leadership in implementing and sustaining Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something program to save lives
Newtown, CT – May 22, 2019 -- Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a leading gun violence prevention organization, announced today the winners of its 4th annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week. Say Something is a proven program that educates young people and adults how to identify, assess, and get help for someone in crisis before they harm themselves or others.
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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds the Final Passage of Ethan’s Law in the Senate
May 24, 2019 -- Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise applauds the Connecticut Senate for passing Ethan’s Law (H.B. 7218), following the tragic death of Ethan Song in 2018. This legislation will 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.
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Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Remembrance of the Santa Fe High School Tragedy
May 18, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Today marks one year since the Santa Fe High School shooting that claimed the lives of eight students and two educators, and injured 13 others.
In solemn remembrance of this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise stands with the families of the victims and issued the following statement:
“Today my heart is with the families of those who died in the Santa Fe High School tragedy. Our schools should be among the safest places for our kids. When this sense of safety is diminished, it hurts us all. On this day, as a nation, let us stand with families grieving loved ones lost to gun violence and recommit to being vigilant for warning signs of potential violence and saying something when we see these signals in others,” 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. “It is our responsibility to teach our kids how to prevent violence, while we also advocate for sensible policy that ensures their safety.“
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Sandy Hook Promise Commends House Appropriators for Strengthening Investment in Safer Schools
May 17, 2019 - Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) voted within the committee to increase funding for evidence-based school violence prevention under the STOP School Violence Act.
Sandy Hook Promise applauds Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17), Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-TX-12), CJS Subcommittee Chairman José Serrano (D-NY-15), CJS Subcommittee Ranking Member Robert Aderholt (R-AL-04), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL-13), Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL-04), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY-05), Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH-15), Rep. Val Demings (D-FL-10), Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN-5), and Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA-2) for leading the effort to allocate $125 million for violence prevention programs and threat assessment teams in schools and issued the following statement:
“This funding is critical to protecting our children. We know that violence and suicide in our schools are preventable when we teach students and adults to ‘know the signs’ and reach out when they see someone hurting or need help themselves. We applaud the continued bipartisan commitment of Chairman Serrano, Ranking Member Aderholt, and this committee to improve school safety through prevention and early intervention to stop future tragedies before they can happen,” 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.
The FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that passed through Subcommittee today increases the Department of Justice’s STOP School Violence Act funding from $100 million to $125 million for school violence prevention grants to states, local governments, and Tribes for the purposes of training students and school personnel to identify signs of violence and intervene early to prevent people from hurting themselves or others. The funding can also be used to for the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, and formation of evidence-based school threat assessment and intervention teams to help schools intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes.
The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 that will train millions more students and adults to “know the signs” of gun violence and how to act to prevent it.
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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Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving Donates $25,000 to Sandy Hook Promise Funding will Expand the Know the Signs for Gun Violence Prevention Programs
May 13, 2019 -- Newtown, CT – Through a $25,000 charitable donation to Sandy Hook Promise (SHP), a leading gun violence prevention organization, The Wireless Zone® Foundation for Giving gift will support the training of youth and adults in four evidence-based Know the Signs programs that have been proven to decrease violence, bullying, and other forms of victimization while strengthening school communities. This philanthropic partnership will bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs — Start With Hello, Say Something, Signs of Suicide, and Safety Assessment and Intervention — at no cost to hundreds of schools in 2019-2020.
“With the support of Wireless Zone, we will be able to empower even more students to ‘know the signs’ to prevent school shootings, reduce bullying, and create environments of connectedness and inclusion that help minimize the potential for youth violence and self-harm,” 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.
Today, Wireless Zone® presented Sandy Hook Promise with the award check at a ceremony in the Newtown Wireless Zone store, located at 228 South Main Street. Store owner Christopher Severo commented, “Here at the Newtown Wireless Zone store, our goal is to serve the community and families of Newtown in all possible ways. We are honored to show our support for this important cause locally and across the country with Wireless Zone. We will continue to provide great service and a great customer experience at our community Verizon stores.”
“We will never forget what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School that day,” said Brian Murtari, Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving President and Chief Information Officer for Wireless Zone. He added, “We are working with Sandy Hook Promise to bring awareness and educational programs about gun violence and bullying to children, adults, and educators to prevent it from happening in the future. Students and communities around the world can all benefit from this effort. Children should never have to worry about feeling safe, especially at school.”
Other owners in the Wireless Zone® franchise concur. “My heart goes out to any parent who loses a child, especially when education could have prevented it,” said Scott Gladstone, Wireless Zone® Owner and Foundation for Giving Board Member. “We are happy to support the mission of Sandy Hook Promise, educating our children to prevent tragedy.”
To date, SHP has trained over 7.5 million youth and adults in 14,000+ schools and youth organizations in all 50 states. The programs have stopped multiple school shootings, suicides, and gun threats; reduced bullying and cyberbullying; intervened on cutting, substance use, hate crimes, and other forms of violence and self-harm; and helped hundreds of youth get the mental health assistance they need.
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.
About Wireless Zone:
Founded in 1988 in Wethersfield, CT as "The Car Phone Store", the Wireless Zone® system has become the nation's largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. Each store is independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. The Wireless Zone® system has been honored with Verizon's "Best Customer Service" award for five consecutive years and is franchised and operated by Wireless Zone LLC. For more information, visit https://www.wirelesszone.com
About The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving:
The Wireless Zone® Foundation for Giving was founded in 2003 after identifying a need and desire to give back to our communities. Today the Foundation raises a substantial amount of money to support a large number of local charities and causes in the communities in which we do business. We have time- honored relationships with Make-A-Wish, Autism Speaks, Children’s Tumor Foundation and St. Jude’s.