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CBS Features Violence Awareness Campaign At Broadview School In Danbury

Students from Broadview Middle School in Danbury were featured in a CBS News story for their participation in a violence awareness program started by Sandy Hook Promise.
Students from Broadview Middle School in Danbury were featured in a CBS News story for their participation in a violence awareness program started by Sandy Hook Promise. Photo Credit: Screen shot from CBS News video

DANBURY, Conn. -- CBS News recently featured a violence awareness campaign at Danbury’s Broadview Middle School that was established in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook School in 2012.

The CBS News spoke with students at the Danbury school after they watched a video from Sandy Hook Promise that shows warning signs of gun violence by a troubled teenager. Broadview’s group, “Start with Hello/Say Something,” is based on Sandy Hook Promise’s “Say Something” violence prevention program

Jonathan Lapook, the chief medical correspondent for CBS News, spoke with several Broadview students in the report. Students talked with Lapook about knowing the warning signs of students who might be at risk of perpetrating gun violence.

Sandy Hook promise has been working to encourage schools and organizations across the country to teach students and teachers how to prevent tragedies from occurring in their communities.

The “Start with Hello” program teaches children, teens and young adults how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another. Sandy Hook Promise offers a training program to schools, and it is paid for by Sandy Hook Promise.

According to statistics on the Sandy Hook Promise website, an average of 2,277 children ages 18-and-under died in gun-related tragedies from 2000-2013. Over the past 25 years, according to Sandy Hook promise, research has shown that in seven out of 10 acts of gun violence the shooter had told at least one person that they might commit an act of violence ahead of time.

One of the students featured in the CBS News report, Avery Marquis, spoke up after seeing a student was being bullied. “In this school, we make it such a big thing,’’ she said. “It’s not snitching. It’s saying something for everybody’s safety.”

Click here for the CBS News report. Click here to learn more about Sandy Hook Promise.

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