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Power Station

Nov 18, 2019

Gun violence continues to devastate families and communities. When 20 first graders and six adults were murdered by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, the nation’s shock and grief were palpable. President Obama spoke passionately  about the urgency of passing background checks and stronger gun control laws. But pushback by the NRA and members of Congress prevailed. When parents of murdered children at Sandy Hook came together after the assault, their first instinct was to advocate for background checks. When that effort failed, they embraced a new strategy and focus. They formed Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization whose emphasis is on school safety, violence reduction and mental health. As Nicole Hockley, co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise who lost her son Dylan explains to Power Station, these efforts are resonating in school districts across America. There is training for children on the power of kindness and inclusion of their classmates. And for those in middle and high school, there is training and on how to identify and report signs of depression and violence. Sandy Hook Promise is making transformational change possible.