SHP Statement on Shooting at Marshall County High School


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Dini von Mueffing Communications

Stephanie Morris




Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Marshall County High School Shooting


January 23, 2018 – Today, America again witnessed another deadly school shooting, this time at Marshall County High School in Benton, KY. We are deeply saddened to learn that two 15-year-old students were killed and at least 17 others were injured. Our hearts and thoughts are with the Benton community, as we understand all too well what they are going through today and in the days to come.


Though we are only in the first month of 2018, according to the Gun Violence Archive, today's shooting is the 15th mass shooting this year.  It is also the third school shooting this week.  Yesterday, a 15-year-old girl was injured in a shooting at Italy High School in Italy, Texas and a 14-year-old boy was wounded when someone opened fire from a pickup truck outside a New Orleans charter school.


This is unacceptable.


We understand that these horrific incidents can make one feel helpless and hopeless, however, we must come together to take real action to keep our children safe.


Join us to help prevent another mass shooting. Make the Promise, talk to your legislators, and get your community and school involved in our no-cost training to know the signs of at-risk behavior and how to take action to stop violence before it happens.


We will keep Benton, and Italy, and New Orleans, and the families and friends of countless others who will be senselessly shot, wounded, and killed by gun violence across America, in our thoughts as we work to teach people that this doesn’t have to happen 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.


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