FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sandy Hook Promise Partners with Laker Public Schools to Protect over
1,200 Students District-Wide with Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs
as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act
The organization is partnering with Laker Public Schools to train students in its
Know the Signs programs to learn how to prevent violence before it starts
Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with Laker Public Schools 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 Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. Through the STOP School Violence Act over 1,200 students in six schools across the district will receive training.
“We are proud to work with Laker School District to help keep its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community. 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 the students of Huron County,” 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 Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs are three of four programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs Programs. Start With Hello and Say Something are programs that are geared toward students. Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another, while Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, as well as educators and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.
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.
Dini von Mueffing Communications