Susan Teece: ‘Say Something’

  • In this Dec. 18, 2012, file photo, a police cruiser sits in the driveway of the home of Nancy Lanza in Newtown, Conn., the Colonial-style house where she had lived with her son Adam Lanza. AP PHOTO/Jason DeCrow

Published: 2/11/2019 8:37:40 AM

Schools around the nation are being asked to provide “Say Something” training to students in middle and high school (grades 6 to 12) during the week of Feb. 25 to March 1. 

This free program has been developed and sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise to help students identify warning signs, intervene, and get help to individuals before they hurt themselves or others.

There are three main objectives to the program:

■Look for warning signs, signals, and threats.

■Act immediately and take signs, signals and threats seriously.

■Say Something to a trusted adult before someone hurts themselves or others.

The program has many different opportunities to involve school/community leaders; it encourages students to take strong leadership in the project. It invites us as members of all communities to stand up for safety and prevention of unnecessary deaths.

I have made the commitment to act on behalf of our children. This past December, a vigil was held in Southampton (MOMS Demand Action for Common Sense Gun Laws) to remember Dec. 14, 2012 and those tragically affected by the Sandy Hook massacre as well as other forms of violence. Many of these acts are a result of loose common-sense gun laws, but not all.

A proposed law, HR8, is heading towards possible legislation, requiring background checks for the ownership of guns. Tightening loose ends such as background checks and ERPO (extreme risk protection orders) must be a vital part of our common-sense laws that will protect more citizens, young and old. We must begin somewhere, and our time is NOW!

I ask that you find out more about this program and request that your local schools and youth community groups take this action. SAY SOMETHING!

Susan Teece, educator, Sandy Hook Promise volunteer

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