Survivor Stories

Gun violence shouldn’t be part of growing up. It’s preventable when you know the signs.

Real School Shooting Survivors Tell Their Stories

The tragic impact of a school shooting affects the loved ones of those who were killed and survivors, like those in the Teenage Dream PSA, carry mental and emotional wounds – beyond the physical scars – that never truly heal. Hear how their teenage years were impacted by the trauma of surviving a school shooting.

Watch Their Stories

*** These videos contain sensitive content related to gun violence that may be triggering for some viewers. ***

Aalayah Eastmond
Parkland, Florida 2018
Hid under body of classmate to survive a shooting.

Mia Page-Tretta
Santa Clarita, California 2019
Shot in the stomach. Best friend killed beside her.

Chase Yarbrough
Santa Fe, Texas 2018
Shot six times. A bullet remains in his heart.

Hannah Dysinger
Draffenville, Kentucky 2018
The bullet that killed her best friend ended up in her ribcage.

Alexander Dworet
Parkland, Florida 2018
Survived being shot in the head. His older brother Nick was killed.

Nick Walczak
Chardon, Ohio 2012
Shot three times. Paralyzed from waist down.

Samantha Fuentes
Parkland, Florida 2018
Bullet fragments remain in her face and legs.

Emma Nees
Rockford, Washington 2017
Shot through the abdomen while running from shooter.

Carlitos Rodriguez
Parkland, Florida 2018
Barricaded himself behind a door. 17 students were killed.

Isabelle Laymance
Santa Fe, Texas 2018
Hid in closet with eight classmates. Two were killed.

Nolan sits in a hospital bed after he was shot in San Bernadino, California in 2017. The bullet broke two of his ribs and lacerated portions of his kidney and liver.

Nolan Brandy
San Bernadino, California 2017
The bullet broke two of his ribs and lacerated portions of his kidney and liver.

If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. There’s help for coping with the impact of gun violence.

Help For Victims And Survivors Of Gun Violence

Isolated student feeling invisible

Know The Signs and You Can Save Lives

People who are at risk of hurting themselves or others often show warning signs before an act of violence takes place. If you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to miss the signs, or dismiss them as unimportant. Now more than ever, it’s essential to “know the signs.”

Your Voice Matters

It can generally be healthy and meaningful to speak out about your experiences. With this in mind, we have an easy-to-fill-out online form that just takes a couple of minutes to complete. Because your voice matters, please  share your story.

Pictured is a collage of survivor yearbook photos.

Our Mission

End School Shootings And Create A Culture Change That Prevents Violence

The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. Through our proven, evidence-informed Know the Signs programs and sensible, bipartisan school and gun safety legislation, we teach young people and adults to recognize, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be socially isolated and/or at risk of hurting themselves or others.