FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dini von Mueffing Communications
Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting
May 18, 2018 – Today, three months after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL that killed 17, and months of activism across our country for gun violence prevention and reform, we are yet again witnessing a community reeling from the deadly consequences of gun violence. A 17-year-old student opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas this morning, killing at least 10 people and injuring many others. Local law enforcement is also investigating explosive devices that were found in and around the school community.
Our hearts are with the Santa Fe, TX community as we understand all too well what they are going through today, and will endure in the days and weeks to come.
This is the 22nd school shooting in the U.S. this year. It is unacceptable that we continue to see the number of school shootings increase, and the number of lives lost multiplying in this country. We know what needs to be done and how we can fix this problem…we just need more people to TAKE ACTION to protect our kids and their teachers, at school and in our cities and neighborhoods.
The conversations around gun violence, and tangible solutions to combat it, have been an important first step towards understanding what must be done to create change. We are past the time needed to act. We need action today, tomorrow, and every day after that until this problem is fixed for good and we protect our kids from senseless, preventable gun violence.
Here’s what you can do to TAKE ACTION TODAY
Train youth to spot the signs and how to properly intervene through our Know The Signs Programs:
- With these proven programs, students, educators, parents and community leaders can learn how to identity at-risk behaviors, assess threats and properly intervene before a tragedy occurs.
- 80 percent of school shooters told someone of their violent plans or exhibited warning signs, just like the shooter at Santa Fe High School.
- To date, these programs have helped avert several school shooting plots and threats, as well as teen suicides and other acts of violence.
Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs)
- An ERPO is state-level legislation that temporarily removes guns from a person deemed to be an imminent risk to themselves or others.
- This legislation doesn't infringe on the Second Amendment, and gun rights can be reinstated once the person exhibiting at-risk behaviors is no longer a threat.
- ERPOs are available in California, Connecticut, Oregon, and Washington and more than 19 other states have introduced similar legislation.
Demand action from your legislators:
- Demand sustainable gun violence prevention policies and programs be implemented.
- Make sure your school is aware of the funding available through the STOP School Violence Act to implement life-saving violence prevention programs that will help train students, teachers, and adults to prevent violence and suicide in our schools BEFORE it happens.
Make the Promise and/or get your community and schools involved with our other Know the Signs
- Join us and Make the Promise to protect children from gun violence
- Bring our Know the Signs programs to your community or school to teach students and adults how to be "upstanders" by knowing the signs and how to intervene
The Santa Fe High School community is in our hearts tonight. We also sent our kids to school on a beautiful Friday morning, only to learn they would never return. There are no words we can say to make that better. We can only promise to honor those killed and injured in our lives every day moving forward, and that is what we will do. Our children and our communities deserve nothing less. Please, join us taking action today so no family has to face this devastating loss again.
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.