FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sandy Hook Promise Applauds House Passage of the
Bipartisan STOP School Violence Act of 2018
Newtown, CT – March 14, 2018 – Sandy Hook Promise is proud to have worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass this important legislation that will train millions more students and adults to Know the Signs of gun violence and act to prevent it. We know that violence in our schools, including mass shootings and suicides, is preventable through proven early intervention programs and training. Following past tragedies like Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, the federal government has funded short-term school safety initiatives focused on crisis response, active shooters, and physical infrastructure. While these are important investments, we have not yet seen sustained strategies to stop violence in our schools before it happens. Our students, educators, and local law enforcement need the tools and support to take proactive and continuous steps towards improving school safety.
Sandy Hook Promise praises U.S. Congressmen John Rutherford (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-KY), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA) for introducing and advancing the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018.
“This bill will prevent all forms of violence and self-harm in our schools and teach multiple generations of students and adults to be upstanders in making their communities safe from gun violence. We were proud to work with the champions of this legislation to pass this bill that will ensure millions more students will be trained to know the signs of violence and lives will be saved,” 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 legislation invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens by authorizing the Department of Justice to make grants to states for the purposes of training students, school personnel, and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene to prevent people from hurting themselves or others. The legislation also permits the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, and formation of school threat assessment and intervention teams to help schools intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes, in addition to security equipment and technology.
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.
Dini von Mueffing Communications