In four out of five school shootings, the attacker had told people of their plans ahead of time. In a comprehensive study of school shootings from 1974 to 2000, conducted by the Secret Service and Department of Education, 93% of school shooters planned the attack in advance. They often gave verbal, physical, and virtual signs that they were planning and plotting to harm others. That’s why Sandy Hook Promise provides the Say Something program at schools across the country – to save lives and protect futures.
Say Something Program Details
Say Something is designed to be delivered in an in-person presentation or digital format for students in grades 6 through 12. During this 30- to 45-minute training, they’ll learn to look for warning signs and threats – especially on social media – of someone at risk of hurting themselves or others. What’s more, they’ll become empowered to “say something” before a tragedy can occur.
This program reinforces three steps:
1. Recognize warning signs and threats: Learn about different types of warning signs or threats and where you are likely to find them, especially on social media.
2. Act immediately; take it seriously: Understand strategies to take action and overcome potential barriers to being an “upstander” rather than a “bystander.”
3. Say something: Learn how to intervene when you see warning signs and threats by telling a trusted adult (and know who those trusted adults are that you can go to for help), call 911, or use an anonymous reporting system.
Who should participate? Schools and community-based organizations (nonprofits, faith-based institutions, afterschool programs, and other youth-serving agencies)
Who will benefit? Say Something benefits students in grades 6-12 as well as educators and parents who work to build a safe culture in their community. By building a culture of “looking out for one another” and reporting possible threats of violence when someone sees, reads or hears something (especially on social media), entire communities will become safer and lives will be saved.
What will we learn? Say Something informs and educates about observable warning signs (written, spoken, photographed, in video) that often exist in behaviors that could lead to someone hurting themselves or others. It also teaches individuals how to safely report on warning signs and potential threats. Additionally, the program provides tools to help promote and reinforce the Say Something training.
How will students be trained? Say Something is delivered using one of two options: a 30-minute plug-and-play student training video or a do-it-yourself presentation. For both options, educator guides and supporting materials are provided.
Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (Grades 6-12)
This program builds on the Say Something program and includes an anonymous reporting system. The system can be accessed via a downloadable app, telephone hotline, and website students can use to report an issue when they see a classmate who is at risk of harming themselves or others. This program is available to a select number of school districts and for state-wide partnerships. Additional training for school district personnel and local law enforcement are required elements of this program.
Say Something Week
During the week of March 1-5, 2021, thousands of schools and youth organizations from across the United States will participate in National Say Something Week. Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, advertising, public proclamations, contests and school awards. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and save lives when they “Say Something” to a trusted adult.
- Who: Your school, community and thousands of other students and educators from across the country!
- What: Lift up the Say Something message and remind students to “say something” when they see warning signs and threats.
- Where: Your school or youth organization
- When: March 1-5, 2021
- How: Youth leaders, educators, administrators, and parents organize engaging activities and events to reinforce the Say Something message throughout the week.