SHP Statement on Student-Led March For Our Lives



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Stephanie Morris



Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Student-Led March For Our Lives


February 19th, 2018 – Sandy Hook Promise is proud to support the students and community from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in their efforts to prevent gun violence in America and demand change from Washington during the March For Our Lives on March 24th, 2018.


"In the wake of the deadliest school shooting since the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the life of my sweet little Daniel, we are inspired by the strength of these students and their ability to clearly yet passionately articulate their experiences and call for action," said Mark Barden, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel.  "Our children were too young to have voices in this national conversation when they were killed, and we have been their voice for the last five years. The students and survivors from Parkland, Florida know what they want and need from their leaders in Florida and in Washington D.C. It’s time for the adults to stand aside and listen to the next generation - they command and deserve our full attention."


"We've always said that gun violence prevention is a two-generation problem and that change will come from current students, which is why we focus our programs in middle and high schools," said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, also killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "We ask everyone to support these students, amplify their voices and let them lead the way as they fight for change this country so desperately needs. They have inspired hope after living through tremendous, heart shattering loss. The pain they face is insurmountable, yet they have chosen to honor their friends, teachers, and loved ones without an ounce of fear and with steadfast determination that is needed to fix broken laws, change cultures and attitudes around gun violence prevention, and create a safer country for everyone."


Please join us in supporting the Stoneman Douglas students leading the March for Our Lives and let us listen to, and act for, the chorus of new voices demanding the change they deserve.


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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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