Teach Your Students to be Upstanders: #SaySomething

Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if an individual said something?

Guest Post by Paula Fynboh from Sandy Hook Promise.

Did you know that when it comes to violence, suicide, and threats, most are known by at least one other individual BEFORE the incident takes place? In fact, 4 out of 5 school shooters told someone of their plans prior to the event. Additionally, 70% of people who die by suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning or indication.

There is something we can do today in our classrooms, schools, and communities. Say Something is a no-cost and easy to implement program from Sandy Hook Promise that teaches students, grades 6 -12, how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and to Say Something to a trusted adult to get them help.

This October 16 – 20 is Say Something Week. Hundreds of schools across the country will collectively engage young people, educating them and the community through training, media events, advertising, public proclamations, contests, and school awards by utilizing Say Something. Together, these schools will reinforce the power young people have to prevent tragedies and Say Something to a trusted adult to protect a friend from hurting them self or others.

Say Something leaves a lasting impact on young people as they carry the message of Say Something forward, influence their school culture to one of looking out for one another and becoming upstanders. This program gives students the power to lead activities during advisory periods, over lunch and before and after school.

Join us this October 16 – 20 for Say Something Week. In less than an hour during your week – and with no cost to you or your school – YOU can empower our young people to look out for each other and potentially save a life. Please join us by signing up for Say Something Week at www.sandyhookpromiseorg/saysomethingweek.


Who is Sandy Hook Promise?

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org.


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