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NEWTOWN Sandy Hook Promise partners with Pa. AG

October 2, 2018

NEWTOWN - A home-grown nonprofit that launched a national system in March that encourages anonymous reporting of potential school violence has reached an agreement to provide a similar service for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

Sandy Hook Promise, a group begun by parents who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, said its partnership with the Pennsylvania Attorney General will cover 500 school districts statewide.

“We know that early prevention programs like ours are proven to stop violence before it starts,” said Nicole Hockley, a co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, in a prepared statement. “With this launch, we will train students across the state how to recognize at-risk behaviors and take action before it starts.”

Under the agreement, Sandy Hook Promise will provide training to students and district staff, and the reporting system will be overseen by the Attorney General, according to a release.

The agreement is similar to Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something Anonymous Reporting System, which was launched in March. The system allows students to submit an anonymous tip from a smartphone, a laptop or a telephone call that a peer is about to cause harm.

For details about the anonymous reporting system, visit https://www.saysomething.net.

The anonymous reporting system seeks to exploit the fact that 80 percent of school shooters and 70 percent of people who commit suicide told someone about their plan before they carried it out.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro touted the new reporting system.

“Working together with Sandy Hook Promise, we can make Pennsylvania safer for families, teachers, and most importantly, our students,” Shapiro said in a prepared statement.

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