Sandy Hook Promise Expands Reach of Research-Based Prevention Programs into Schools with Support from Discovery Education

Sandy Hook Promise, a national gun violence prevention organization, today announced a new collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. This innovative initiative empowers students and teachers in schools across the country with digital tools and resources supporting the development of the skills needed to prevent violence at home, in schools, and in their communities.


Sandy Hook Promise helps prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by teaching educators, administrators and students, at no cost, how to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help.  In just 14 months, Sandy Hook Promise has educated more than 800,000 youth and adults in over 1,000 schools and youth organizations – immediate impacts include thwarting a school shooting, suicide attempts and other threats of violence. Through this collaboration, Sandy Hook Promise will accelerate and expand the reach and impact of two of its prevention programs, Say Something and Start With Hello, to more schools nationwide. 


“We are very excited to be partnering with Discovery Education,” said Nicole Hockley, managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, a 6-year-old who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with 25 other young children and educators. “Their deep relationships with school districts nationwide will help deliver to millions of classrooms the resources educators and students need to make a difference and prevent violence in their own schools and communities.  The potential for real impact and saving lives is overwhelming and is an incredible way to honor the lives we lost by helping others.”


“I’m excited to implement Sandy Hook Promise’s programs in our school, as we want to provide our students with the skills to create an inclusive and safe school environment,” said Karen Wells, Library Media Specialist at Midland School District in Arkansas. “These programs will help our students be active participants within their community by giving them the knowledge and courage to say something if they see something amiss.”


Discovery Education will make available to educators everywhere two valuable sets of resources designed by Sandy Hook Promise, including:


  • Say Something: Through educator guides, presentations and engaging videos, Say Something teaches young people how to recognize signs and signals, especially within social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and to say something to a trusted adult. According to studies published by the American Psychological Association and the American Journal of Psychiatry, in 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told someone of his/her plans prior to the attack and 70% of people who complete suicide give some sort of type warning. Say Something helps educate students to become aware of the signs and to enlist trusted adults to defuse the situation before it escalates. The program’s resources are appropriate for use with students in grades 6-12.  
  • Start With Hello: Through parent, student and educator guides, Start With Hello teaches youth how to be more inclusive and connected to one another.  The simple act of saying hello can have tremendous impact with letting young people know they are not alone and are valued and included. Start With Hello works to create connectedness and community, by minimizing social isolation, marginalization and rejection, before an individual chooses to hurt them self or others. The program’s resources are appropriate for use with students in grades 2-12.


“Sandy Hook Promise is making a tremendous impact in classrooms by empowering teachers and students to recognize early warning signs, and simultaneously creating a sense of connectedness and community in schools,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is proud to support their incredible efforts by helping deliver these valuable and potentially lifesaving digital resources to educators and students.”


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About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a nonprofit organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012.  SHP helps prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens by teaching adults and youth how to recognize the signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help.  We achieve this by delivering four research-based mental health & wellness programs, at no cost, to schools and youth organizations.  For more information, visit


About Discovery Education: Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at