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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the Ohio Department of Education to Train over 1.6 Million Students Statewide Through its Proven Threat Assessment Program as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the Ohio Department of Education to Train over 1.6 Million Students Statewide Through its Proven Threat Assessment Program as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

 

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with the Ohio Department of Education to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Safety Assessment and Intervention program. Through the STOP School Violence Act over 1.6 million students will be reached in 3,505 schools across the state.

“We are proud to work with the Ohio Department of Education to help keep its students safe by training them how to properly assess threats before violence occurs. We know we can prevent violence through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect students across Ohio,” 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.  

The Safety Assessment and Intervention (SAI) is a national evidence-based program and one of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. SAI trains a multidisciplinary team in each school to identify threats, signs and signals of a violent act, determine the seriousness of the threat, and developing intervention plans that protect students and address the underlying problem or conflict.

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.

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 and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.

 

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 it happens 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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Sandy Hook Promise to Protect 2.6 Million Students with its Know the Signs Violence Prevention Programs Through Partnership with School Districts in 15 States as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

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Sandy Hook Promise to Protect 2.6 Million Students with its Know the Signs Violence Prevention Programs Through Partnership with School Districts in 15 States as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act

The organization is partnering with these states and school districts to train students and adults how to identify, intervene and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others, and prevent violence before it starts

 

Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with school districts in 15 States across the country to protect millions of students from violence through its proven Know the Signs programs. With these programs, SHP will be able to train youth and adults how to identify, assess, and get help for individuals who are exhibiting signs of at-risk behaviors and stop violence BEFORE it occurs. Through these training programs and partnerships, Sandy Hook Promise will be able to protect 2.6 million students from violence.

“We are so proud to partner with these great states and school districts that are committed, like us, to making a difference for students across the country. We know we can prevent violence in our schools through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect millions more students across the country,” 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.

SHP is working with districts in California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, New York, Michigan, Louisiana, Tennessee, Maine, West Virginia and Ohio to roll out its various Know the Signs programs to students.

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and has helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm. With these additional partnerships to protect 2.6 million more students, even more lives will be saved and threats intervened upon.

These state and district partnerships with Sandy Hook Promise and its Know the Signs programs will be supported through the STOP School Violence Act, which federally recognized SHP’s Know the Signs programs as evidence-based, proven solutions to prevent gun violence.

The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build off 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 and signed into law in March 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.

In June, it was announced that the Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act passed through Subcommittee and provided even more support to states and school districts to expand evidence-based violence prevention programs to train students and school personnel to identify signs of violence and intervene early to prevent people from hurting themselves or others.

 

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 it happens 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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Sandy Hook Promise to Partner with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to Roll Out Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System to Schools Statewide

NEWTOWN, Conn., Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandy Hook Promise and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General are proud to announce that they are partnering to roll out the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System.  Through this partnership, Sandy Hook Promise will help the Office of Attorney General onboard over 500 school districts across the state.

The Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows individuals to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene when unsafe and/or harmful behaviors take place.  The tips can be submitted via the app, online, or a dedicated hotline, and each tip is reviewed by the Safe2Say Something call center housed in the Office of Attorney General.  The call center will process and refer each tip to the appropriate school teams and law enforcement according to the level of threat.

"Pennsylvania students deserve a safe place to learn, free from the threat of violence from classmates or other individuals," said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. "I'm proud my office was entrusted by the legislature to run this new program focused on school safety. Working together with Sandy Hook Promise, we can make Pennsylvania safer for families, teachers and, most importantly, our students."

This partnership is the first of its kind where Sandy Hook Promise is providing its expertise from its proven Anonymous Reporting System at a state-wide level.  While Sandy Hook Promise is partnering with school districts across the country to bring this life-saving program to individual school districts, Pennsylvania represents the first time this will be done for all districts across the entire state, showing a strong commitment to empowering students to report their concerns and intervene before a crisis occurs.

"We are proud to work with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General to provide students with our comprehensive violence prevention training and anonymous reporting system. We know that early prevention programs like ours are proven to stop violence before it starts.  With this launch, we will train students across the state how to recognize at-risk behaviors and take action to help someone else by submitting a tip anonymously.  With Safe2Say Something, students and parents can be confident that the Attorney General's call center will immediately process all tips and refer them on to school teams and local law enforcement, so no one falls through the cracks.  Safe2Say Something will save lives and help so many Pennsylvania students to stay safe and healthy," said Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother to Dylan, killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It has been reported that 80% of school shooters and 70% of individuals who completed suicides told someone of their violent plans prior to taking action - yet no interventions were made.  SHP has tirelessly worked to solve this problem for the past three years through its four evidenced-based Know the Signs programs, provided at no cost to schools nationwide.

To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained more than 3.5 million students and adults, including teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials in all 50 states in its Know the Signs Programs.  As a result, SHP has helped to intervene on multiple threats - including school shooting plots, suicides, and other threats of violence, as well as helping to reduce bullying and assisting hundreds of individuals to get mental health assistance.

The Safe2Say Something system will be overseen and operated by the Office of Attorney General with the expertise and guidance of Sandy Hook Promise, a national leader in the school safety space.  Sandy Hook Promise provides overall training of Safe2Say Something to school districts and students.  SHP pays for 100% of the costs to train and sustain the program in each school district.  Together, Sandy Hook Promise and the Office of Attorney General will provide:

- Training for all students, staff, and parents in each school districts on the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System

- 24/7 Crisis Center, app, telephone and mobile/web-based setup and ongoing management housed in the Office of Attorney General

- "Backroom" training and management of submissions

- Triage for all calls, app, mobile/web-based submissions

- Routing of all tips to school officials and/or law enforcement, based on severity of threat

- Set-up of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) Promise clubs to embed the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System into the fabric and culture of schools to continuously raise awareness and empower students to act

- Collateral and awareness materials (posters, floor stickers, etc.) to remind students of the program and contact information

 

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 it happens 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.

Sandy Hook Promise Supports I-1639, Washington State Ballot Initiative, “Safe Schools, Safe Communities”

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Sandy Hook Promise Supports I-1639, Washington State Ballot Initiative,

“Safe Schools, Safe Communities”

 

Newtown, CT – Sandy Hook Promise stands with Washington State families and supports the I-1639 ballot initiative, “Safe Schools, Safe Communities.” This initiative has the power to save lives, while also protecting the Second Amendment.

 

“Grounded in Sandy Hook Promise’s mission of preventing gun violence BEFORE it happens, we strongly support policies that keep guns out of the hands of those who are at-risk of hurting themselves or others. By creating an enhanced background check system, a reasonable waiting period, a firearm safety training requirement, and ensuring accountability for the safe storage of firearms, I-1639 will help strengthen responsible gun ownership and public safety for everyone,” says Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

 

Initiative 1639 will do the following: 

  • Create an enhanced background check for semi-automatic rifles, similar to what is required for handguns.
  • Require completion of a firearm safety training course within the last five years, which includes basic safety and secure storage laws, safe handling, and an overview of state and federal firearms laws.
  • Raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles to 21, bringing it in line with handgun purchase requirements.
  • Create standards for Dangerous Access Prevention, which will hold a gun owner accountable if a child or other prohibited person accesses and uses an improperly stored firearm to hurt themselves or others.

 

We stand with Washingtonians as they lead this important ballot initiative on November 6th and vote to ensure the safety of their children and communities.

 

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 happens 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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Peasley Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Grand Prize Award from Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise

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Peasley Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Grand Prize Award from
Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise
 
WHEN: Tuesday, September 11, 2018| Time: 9:15 AM
WHERE: Peasley Middle School – 2885 Hickory Fork Rd, Gloucester, VA 23061
WHO: Peasley Middle School Students
VISUALS: Sandy Hook Promise presenting the students of Peasley Middle School with award
 
WHAT: On Tuesday, September 11th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will visit Peasley Middle School to present students with the 2018 Start With Hello Grand Prize award. The students of Peasley Middle School are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to integrate and implement the core values of SHP’s Start With Helloprogram among its student body. 
 
“I want to give my heartfelt congratulations to Peasley Middle School in Gloucester for being named runner up for Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With HelloAward in the Individual School Grand Prize category! As one of 1,300 schools participating in this competition, it is a monumental achievement to be recognized for their extraordinary dedication to combating social isolation by building inclusive, connected school communities. It is an honor to have Peasley Middle School in the First Congressional District, and I am extremely proud of our young students,” said Congressman Rob Wittman.
 
Start With Hello is a results-proven and easy to implement program that empowers students to create an inclusive and connected community.  This is done by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized or rejected and let them know that they are seen and valued. The program is available to schools at no-cost.
 
Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior.  Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and may choose to hurt themselves or others. SHP created the Start With Hello program as part of its mission to prevent gun violence – and other forms of violence – before it takes place.
 
Peasley Middle School was one of over 1,300 schools and youth organizations that participated in SHP’s 3rd Annual Start With Hello Week that took place from February 5 – 9, 2018.
 
Media is invited to attend the presentation. School administrators and students will be available for interviews. Please email Stephanie Morris atstephanie@dvmcpr.com for interview requests.
 
Since its inception, SHP has educated over 3.5 million youths and adults in all 50 states with its Know The Signs Programs on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. Those trained are now able to spread SHP’s vital messages and help prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens.
 
 
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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
 
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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Levi Strauss & Co. for Taking a Stance to Help End the Epidemic of Gun Violence

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Sandy Hook Promise Applauds Levi Strauss & Co. for Taking a Stance

to Help End the Epidemic of Gun Violence

 

Newtown, CT – September 4, 2018 – Today, Sandy Hook Promise applauds Levi Strauss & Co. for its commitment to creating a “Safer Tomorrow” with its latest initiative that demands common-sense gun measures and will provide support to gun violence prevention organizations and youth activists across the country.

 

“I am proud of companies like Levi Strauss that are finding ways to ensure the safety of all Americans, especially our children. As Chip Bergh stated in his Op-Ed, ‘we can’t insulate ourselves from every threat…[or] harden every place we gather,’ but with initiatives such as this, we can prepare for a Safer Tomorrow,” said Nicole Hockley, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

Sandy Hook Promise stands with Levi Strauss, as they have decided that corporate responsibility and the safety of others outweighs the desire to stand in the background and avoid polarizing issues. As Levi Strauss’ CEO and President Chip Bergh mentioned in his Op-Ed, Levi Strauss has “never be afraid to take an unpopular stand to support a greater good.” Our programs at Sandy Hook Promise were designed to bring about this greater good, ending the epidemic of gun violence, and we are proud to have help from Levi Strauss in this effort. Sandy Hook Promise was founded on the belief that social change is possible, and will continue our work to effect that change.

 

Sandy Hook Promise’s mission strongly aligns with Levi Strauss’ goal of protecting communities across the country. Our proven programs demonstrate how impactful it is for someone to Know the Signs of gun violence to stop violence before it happens. Through our programs we have averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence.

 

“I applaud Levi Strauss and its executives for stepping up to the plate to create this new initiative to help curb the epidemic of gun violence in our country. We need common sense measures – such as universal background checks – to create a safer America and I’m happy that Levi Strauss is taking the lead to push for this,” 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.

 

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 it happens 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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Stephanie Morris stephanie@dvmcpr.com

646-650-5005

H.E. Winkler Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Award from Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise

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H.E. Winkler Middle School to Receive ‘Start With Hello’ Award from

Leading Violence Prevention Organization Sandy Hook Promise

 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 4, 2018| Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

WHERE: H.E. Winkler Middle School – 4501 Weddington Road NW, Concord, NC 28027

WHO: H.E. Winkler Middle School Students, Sandy Hook Promise

VISUALS:

  • Sandy Hook Promise presenting the students of H.E. Winkler Middle School with award
  • Over 1,000 students attending the award ceremony,
  • Students creating murals and chalk drawings

 

WHAT: On Tuesday, September 4th, Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) will visit H.E. Winkler Middle School to present students with the 2018 Start With Hello Student Spirit, Creativity, and Sustainability runner-up award. The students of H.E. Winkler Middle School are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to creatively integrate and implement the core values of SHP’s Start With Hello program among its student body. Following the success of the Start With Hello program at H.E. Winkler Middle school, the Cabarrus County Schools is looking to roll out SAVE Promise Clubs in every middle school this year, as well as to every elementary and high school next year.

 

“Winkler Middle School is excited to accept the award for our work with Start With Hello!  Our students work very hard to create a school where all of our students feel welcome and accepted,” said Michael Williams, principal of H.E. Winkler Middle School. “Our SAVE Promise Club, students, and teachers look forward to continuing to support SAVE Promise and Sandy Hook Promise during Start With Hello Week this year!”

 

Start With Hello is an results proven and easy to implement program that empowers students to create an inclusive and connected community by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized or rejected, to let them know that they are seen and valued. The program is available to schools at no-cost.

 

Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely, or treated like you are invisible. It is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings of isolation can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior.  Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression. As a result, many pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development, and may choose to hurt themselves or others. SHP created the Start With Hello program as part of its mission to prevent gun violence – and other forms of violence – before it takes place.

 

H.E. Winkler Middle School was one of over 1,300 schools and youth organizations that participated in SHP’s 3rd Annual Start With Hello Week that took place from February 5 – 9, 2018.

 

Media is invited to attend the presentation. School administrators and students will be available for interviews. Please contact Stephanie Morris at stephanie@dvmcpr.com for interview requests.

 

Since its inception, SHP has educated over 3.5 million youths and adults in all 50 states with its Know The Signs Programs on mental health & wellness, identification of at-risk behaviors and how to take action and get help before a situation escalates. Those trained are now able to spread SHP’s vital messages and help prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens.

 

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. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults 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. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.

 

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Sandy Hook Promise Condemns the Department of Education Grant to Fund Arming Teachers

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Sandy Hook Promise Condemns the

Department of Education Grant to Fund Arming Teachers

 

Newtown, CT – August 23, 2018 – Today, Sandy Hook Promise rejected the Department of Education’s proposed plan to provide funding to arm teachers that was reported as students across the country are going back to school.

All students deserve safe, welcoming, supportive school environments where they can learn and thrive without fear. No parent should send his or her child to school and worry that the child may never come home. However, arming teachers is not the solution. Teachers agree, including those who own guns themselves: 74% of teachers surveyed by the National Education Association opposed arming teachers to combat gun violence in schools.

“We wholly reject this proposal to fund the arming of teachers in our children’s classrooms. While we welcome ideas to keep students safe, the Department of Education’s proposal is dangerous and misguided. No teacher should have to carry the responsibility of taking a student’s life in a shootout. Teachers and school administrators should be focused on education, not weapons training. We must invest in solutions to stop violence in our schools before it happens. Our Know the Signs programs, have been proven to help students and teachers identify, intervene, and get help for someone at-risk of doing harm and eliminate the need for any weapon to be introduced into the equation,” 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.

Sandy Hook Promise attended the White House listening session with President Trump and Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in February, following the Parkland shooting, and voiced strong concern and opposition to the President’s  suggestion to  arm teachers and staff.

We urge people to call Betsy DeVos’ office to tell her that arming teachers is not a part of a school safety plan. We believe we must ensure that all our students and school systems are trained to know the signs of gun violence and how to properly intervene when they learn someone is a threat to self or others to prevent gun violence before it happens. Know the Signs training should be implemented across every state.

 

In addition to calling DeVos’ office, below is a list of things everyone can do today to help ensure that all students and communities are safe:

Urge your school to adopt the Know the Signs programs

- Bring our Know the Signs programs to your community or school to teach students and adults how to be "upstanders" by knowing the signs and how to intervene.

 

Ask your legislators to support Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs):

- An ERPO is state-level legislation that temporarily removes guns from a person deemed to be an imminent risk to themselves or others.

- This legislation doesn't infringe on the Second Amendment, and gun rights can be reinstated once the person exhibiting at-risk behaviors is no longer a threat.

 

Make the Promise  

- Join us and Make the Promise to protect children from gun 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 it happens 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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Media Contact:

Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris

stephanie@dvmcpr.com

646-650-5005