For Immediate Release
Statement from Sandy Hook Promise on the Remembrance of the Santa Fe High School Tragedy
May 18, 2019 -- Newtown, CT -- Today marks one year since the Santa Fe High School shooting that claimed the lives of eight students and two educators, and injured 13 others.
In solemn remembrance of this tragedy, Sandy Hook Promise stands with the families of the victims and issued the following statement:
“Today my heart is with the families of those who died in the Santa Fe High School tragedy. Our schools should be among the safest places for our kids. When this sense of safety is diminished, it hurts us all. On this day, as a nation, let us stand with families grieving loved ones lost to gun violence and recommit to being vigilant for warning signs of potential violence and saying something when we see these signals in others,” 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. “It is our responsibility to teach our kids how to prevent violence, while we also advocate for sensible policy that ensures their safety.“
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, as well as countless teen suicides and other acts of violence.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it can happen by educating and mobilizing parents, schools, and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene, and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is 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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