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Danbury schools adopt Sandy Hook anti-violence programs

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) Danbury schools are introducing new anti-violence programs developed by the Sandy Hook Promise organization.


One initiative beginning this coming week is ``Say Something.'' It teaches students to recognize warning signs that peers may be about to hurt themselves or others, and to tell a trusted adult. Coming later is, ``Start with Hello.'' It teaches students how to reach out to isolated peers.

Danbury Superintendent Sal Pascarella, president of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents, told WLAD-AM last month that he is advocating for the programs statewide.

Sandy Hook Promise was started by Nicole Hockley and other parents whose children died in the 2012 Newtown school massacre.

The organization based its programs on national research. Advocates will monitor its effectiveness by surveying Danbury students.

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