A group formed by families who lost children in the shootings at Sandy Hook School has started a new public service campaign designed to teach people to recognize the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating gun violence.
The Know the Signs campaign from Sandy Hook Promise includes the launch on Friday of a new 2.5 minute video public service announcement designed to show how easy it is to overlook at-risk behavior.
The group's founders include Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden. Both had 6-year-old sons who were among the 26 people killed by a gunman inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.
Sandy Hook Promise is also offering a Know the Signs guide on how to recognize the warning signs of gun violence as well as how to bring their no-cost trainings to schools and youth organizations. The organization says they have trained over 1.5 million youth and adults in 22 months on how to recognize warning signs of gun violence and intervene effectively.
Sandy Hook Promise says these programs have spurred interventions in response to multiple threats – including a school shooting, suicides and firearms brought to schools – as well as helped to reduce bullying and get hundreds of individuals mental health assistance.