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Sandy Hook Promise Partners with the Oswego Community Unit School District 308 to Protect over 9,000 Students District-wide with Life-Saving Violence Prevention Programs as a Result of the STOP School Violence Act


The organization is partnering with Oswego Community Unit School District 308 to train students in its Know the Signs programs to learn how to prevent violence before it starts


Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is proud to announce that it will be partnering with the Oswego Community Unit School District 308 to help train its students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors through its Safety Assessment and Intervention and Know the Signs programs.  Through the STOP School Violence Act over 9,000 students will be trained in 10 schools across the district.


“We are proud to work with the School District 308 to help keep its students safe by training them how to spot and report at-risk behaviors before violence occurs, as well as how to create an inclusive and connected community. We know we can prevent violence through proven programs like our Know the Signs programs, and I am proud that we are able to train and protect the students of SD 308,” said Mark Barden, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. 


“With so many reactive methods being discussed in regard to school safety, we are happy to work closely with Sandy Hook Promise through the STOP School Violence Act to teach our students and educators proven prevention methods that will help keep our schools safe,” said Dr. John Sparlin, SD 308 superintendent of schools


School District 308 will receive the following programs under Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs:

  • Say Something: Training for youth and teens on how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult to get that person help.
  • Start With Hello: Training for youth and teens on how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another.
  • SOS Signs of Suicide: Training for students and adults about the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before violence or self-harm occurs.
  • Safety Assessment and Intervention: Training for schools on how to identify, assess, and respond to threatening behaviors before they escalate to violence.


To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3.5 million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states and have helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.


The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in the House of Representatives before the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from Sandy Hook and other tragic shootings and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill. Sandy Hook Promise proudly worked with Republicans and Democrats to write and pass this legislation.


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 it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals. 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.

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Stephanie Morris