FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dini Von Mueffling Communications
Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Newly Released FBI Documents
Newtown, CT, October 24th, 2017 – Documents released today by the FBI concerning the December 14th, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School affirm that there were multiple chances to intervene and prevent the tragedy. While we know many signs and signals were missed, including but not limited to extreme chronic social isolation, a fascination with firearms and past mass shootings, more instances of concerning behavior were outlined in the documents.
“Newly disclosed instances where the shooter communicated on the internet about his loneliness, his documentation of past mass shootings and spree killings, and suicidal ideation have come to light, and add to the urgency of the importance of knowing the signs to get someone help before they can hurt themselves or others and prevent future tragedies from occurring,” said Nicole Hockley, managing director at Sandy Hook Promise, and mom to 6 year-old Dylan, killed in the shooting.
Sandy Hook Promise provides prevention programs, at no cost, to schools around the country to help students, school administrators, and parents identify signs and signals of someone in a crisis, and who to tell to properly intervene to prevent violence.
“These new findings reinforce the relevance and gravity of knowing the signs and the capacity to save lives. If someone had intervened, my son and others killed at Sandy Hook School might be alive today,” said Hockley.
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.