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Sandy Hook Promise violence-prevention training at Minuteman

Minuteman High School logoMinuteman High School  is undergoing violence prevention training in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The training is funded through a statewide $1 million grant from Attorney General Maura Healey to educate students and teachers to recognize the signs of potential violence and suicide – and how to get help. 

The week of April 12-16 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week, of which Sandy Hook Promise is a founding partner.
 
“What is notable about Sandy Hook Promise is its emphasis on prevention, educating students and staff to recognize issues, and building a positive school culture,” said Minuteman Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon, who in November received the Schettini Award from Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth for his longstanding commitment to school safety.
 
The mission of Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is to end school shootings and create a culture of change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children. SHP provides evidence-based programs and practices that protect children, prevent the senseless, tragic loss of life, and enhance cultures of inclusion and connectedness within schools.
 
Minuteman recently implemented SHP’s “Start With Hello” program for students, which trains and empowers them to recognize social isolation within their school, and how to reach out and help. The program teaches students how to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness, which prevents bullying, violence and depression.
 
A team of teachers and staff participated in SHP’s Signs of Suicide program in January. It outlines the symptoms of depression and suicide and when to take action if the signs are observed in students. The programming is used to increase the capacity of faculty and staff to create a stronger culture of support and an ability to recognize warning signs.
 
“We know school violence is preventable when we teach youth and adults to ‘know the signs’ of violence and suicide and get help to stop a tragedy before it happens,” said Mark Barden, cofounder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “Students are the eyes and ears of their schools. We must empower them to know what to look for, when to get help, and who to tell. These trainings save lives.”
 
Minuteman will also provide the SHP “Say Something” program, which educates and empowers students to recognize warning signs or threats of violence, especially on social media, and what to do when such signs or threats are identified. 

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This news announcement was published Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The writer is Dan O'Brien, who works for Minuteman. 

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