"Say Something Week" in Connecticut has wrapped up. Danbury High School is the lead school in the Sandy Hook Promise initiative. The program is aimed at educating students about saying something if they see or hear something that could harm a person or a group of people.
Hundreds of Broadview Middle School students, all wearing green, gathered on the field Friday to create the symbol of the program. Their photo was taken from an aerial viewpoint from a Danbury Fire Department ladder truck.
(Photo Courtesty: Danbury Public Schools)
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sal Pascarella spoke to students during the presentation about how the events of 12-14 unfolded in Danbury. He asked how man had been at Broadview Middle School that day, because it is located near Danbury Hospital. Pascarella told the students that they weren't going to have the students leave the school because the City was expecting an onslaught of wounded.
Pascarella says unfortunately that's not what happened.
He serves as President of the Connecticut Association of School Superintendents and wants to implement the program in all 169 municipalities in Connecticut.
Sandy Hook Promise Founder Mark Barden told the students that this program creates a culture of awareness and empowers students with the knowledge and the tools to recognize the signs of danger. Barden says he hopes the students will be serious about hope, and that his story is not about tragedy--but about hope.
He commended the Danbury students for leading the charge to develop a culture of awareness and save lives.