FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on CNN’s Report on School Shootings Over the Last 10 Years
July 26, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- A recent study conducted and released by CNN, provides a detailed view of school shootings that have happened across America over the last 10 years.
In response, Sandy Hook Promise issued the following statement:
“CNN’s latest report highlights a rise in the number of school shootings that have happened over the past 10 years, and projects that this rise will continue. We cannot accept this “new normal” of school violence, as there is nothing normal about this. We have the tools to train our children how to ‘Know The Signs’ of someone in crisis before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community where everyone looks out for one another. As we have seen over the years, no city or town is immune to a school shooting, but we know that preventative measures are proven to work and can help curb this epidemic,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
To date, more than 7.5 million people nationwide have been trained in Sandy Hook Promise’s proven Know the Signs programs that focus on prevention to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.
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 they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. 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. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org.
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