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Sandy Hook Promise touts ‘Say Something’ program

February 25, 2019

NEWTOWN - The 97 times a gun was brandished or a bullet was fired on school property in 2018 was more than any year since a naval school thinktank started keeping track in 1970.

And in most of last year’s school gun incidents, peers knew about the threat ahead of time.

That’s according to Sandy Hook Promise, a home-grown gun violence prevention nonprofit, which is promoting one of its marquee peer awareness programs this week.

Sandy Hook Promise cites a study showing that in four out of five school shootings, the attacker told people about the violence ahead of time.

That means that in most school shootings people who know something are not saying something, says Sandy Hook Promise, which was founded by several families who lost loved ones in the 2012 massacre of 26 first-graders and educators at Sandy Hook School.

In response, Sandy Hook Promise launched an initiative called Say Something. The initiative helps teenagers learn the warning signs that a peer is about to commit harm, and encourages anyone who sees red flag behavior to tell a trusted adult.

Details about the program are at www.sandyhookpromise.org.