SHP Statement on Sal Castro Middle School Shooting


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Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris



Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Salvador Castro Middle School Shooting


February 1, 2018 – Another community is forever changed today as a 12-year-old student opened fire at Salvador Castro Middle School in Los Angeles, CA shooting two 15-year-old students, as well as injuring two children and an adult. This is the fourth school shooting to occur in a less than two-week span. Our hearts and thoughts are with those in the Sal Castro Middle School community, as we understand all too well what they are going through today and in the days to come.


Last week we witnessed three school shootings. In Benton, KY a student killed two 15-year-olds and injured 16 others. Another 15-year-old was shot and injured in Italy, TX, and a 14-year-old was wounded when someone opened fire from a pickup truck outside a New Orleans, LA charter school.


Students are only midway through the school year. Something must be done to address this epidemic.


Following last week’s incidents, many parents said that they didn’t think this could happen in their children’s school. We in Sandy Hook didn’t think so either. Unfortunately, no community, town, or city is immune to gun violence, it touches all corners of this country, all too often. We must remain united in the fight against gun violence and there are steps you can take today to protect our kids.


Make the Promise, call your legislators and urge them to cosponsor and support H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, keep guns securely locked up and away from children, and get your community and school involved in our no-cost Know The Signs violence prevention programs to help recognize at-risk behavior and take action to stop violence before it happens.


Our hearts are with the Los Angeles Unified School District and community as they navigate this horrifying tragedy.


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.

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