SANDY HOOK PROMISE COMMENDS SENATE APPROPRIATORS FOR STRENGTHENING INVESTMENT IN SCHOOL VIOLENCE PREVENTION
June 13, 2018 - Sandy Hook Promise applauds the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) for approving increased funding for evidence-based school violence prevention under the STOP School Violence Act.
“This critical funding will protect even more students across our country with proven violence prevention programs. We know that violence and suicide in our schools are preventable when we teach students and adults to know the signs and act as upstanders to save a life. We applaud the continued bipartisan commitment of Chairman Moran, Ranking Member Shaheen, and this committee to improve school safety through prevention and early intervention to stop future tragedies before they happen,” 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 FY 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act passed through Subcommittee yesterday, increases the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP School Violence Act funding from $50 million to $75 million for school violence prevention grants to states, local governments, and Tribes for the purposes of training students and school personnel to identify signs of violence and intervene early to prevent people from hurting themselves or others. The funding can also be used to for the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems, and formation of evidence-based school threat assessment and intervention teams to help schools intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes.
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 as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise has proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R. 4909/S. 2495) that will train millions more students and adults to Know the Signs of gun violence and how to act to prevent it.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
Dini von Mueffling Communications