SHP Statement on the Shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina


Today, we are heartbroken again. At least 3 people, including 2 children and 1 teacher have been injured in a school shooting at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina. There are almost no words to express our dismay. This is the 3rd time we’ve had to sit down in the last 6 days to report on a shooting of this type. This is without the informal responses to the 8 people shot in Baltimore, including a 3 year old, the 5 shot near the University of Illinois, and a 12 year old unintentionally shot by a 2 year old in Tennessee, among dozens of others that never even make the news.

We are told the children in South Carolina have injuries that are non-life-threatening, but their lives will be forever altered; as will the lives of their parents and teachers who were forced into a situation that should have never even happened to begin with.

It makes no sense that these things continue to happen in America. It’s time for us to agree on one thing: That we need to do more to protect our kids, and that it can be done when we work together.


About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-partisan national nonprofit formed and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Based in Newtown, Connecticut, SHP’s sole purpose is to prevent gun violence BEFORE it happens so that no other parents experience the senseless, horrific loss of their child. SHP delivers, at no cost, four Know the Signs programs that teach youth and adults to recognize signs and signals of individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others and intervene to get them help before it is too late. SHP’s Know the Signs programs have helped stop a school shooting, multiple suicide and firearm threats, while also intervening to help individuals get mental health assistance. Additionally, SHP advocates for sensible state and federal violence prevention policy in the areas of mental health and wellness identification, intervention and treatment as well as firearm access and storage. To bring SHP’s Know the Signs programs to your school or community or help advocate for sensible policy, visit