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Latest Sandy Hook Promise PSA gives nightmarish look at school shootings

USA Today

It’s not your typical TV public service announcement.

In what looks like a typical American middle school, a boy flaunts orange zippers on his backpack, flashing a smile full of braces. Then, somewhere down the hall – Pop. Pop. Pop. Students run for their lives. A young girl hides in a bathroom stall, crying silently as she types, “I love you mom” on her smartphone. 

This 67-second ad, which debuted Wednesday, is the latest in a series of gut-wrenching videos by the school safety advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise. The video titled “Back to School Essentials” shows kids dealing with the threat of gun violence in everyday life.

Last year was the deadliest on record for school shootings – at least 83 died or were injured in active-shooter incidents. Since Columbine, at least 228,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school.

Will shock videos work?

Dewey Cornell, an education professor at the University of Virginia, is uncertain how chilling images of the worst case scenario might affect students and parents.

“School shootings are terrifying events – they tug at our heartstrings. And we see images of them over and over again, which magnifies the perception that they’re pervasive,” Cornell said.

He hadn’t seen the video, but he emphasized the statistical rarity of school shootings.

Still, Cornell said, schools are the right place to focus on preventive efforts. He is the author of an evidence-based threat assessment guide that is widely used.

This fall, 56.6 million kids will attend elementary, middle and high schools across America, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

“If we can help troubled kids, we’re going to prevent more shootings in a community than in a school,” Cornell said.

The ad was released a week after Congress reconvened, following six weeks of recess. There is pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as many Democratic lawmakers have made gun control a legislative priority after a summer wrought with mass shootings.

“We don’t have to accept this as the new normal,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise.

The group has made other intense videos – but this is the first one in which the viewer can hear gunshots and see blood.

“We have to compel ourselves to address this head-on and do something about it,” Hockley told USA TODAY.

Her 6-year-old son, Dylan, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. He would have started eighth grade this fall.

“It’s back to school time, and you know what that means,” a caption in the ad reads. “School shootings are preventable if you know the signs.”

Across the country in Texas, English teacher Sara Te is gearing up to teach a new class of middle schoolers to identify signs that a student is struggling.

The video will be shown in small groups, so teachers can facilitate conversation and support students who may be shaken up by its imagery.

“Our students – they have screens in their face all the time,” Te said. “They hear things on the news. I think they’re all aware that gun violence is a problem.”

For people who don’t think daily about life in a classroom, “I think some of these PSAs really drive home what it’s like to be in school right now,” she said.

Dorothy Espelage, an education professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said such videos can affect parents in a variety of ways.

“Parents are very anxious to drop their kids off every day at school,” Espelage said. “Who would have ever thought that you might not see your kid at the end of the day?”

She hopes parents will be prompted to have tough conversations with their kids, but she’s concerned the video may just increase parents’ anxiety.

Read the rest here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/18/sandy-hook-promise-psa-gives-graphic-look-school-shootings/2301317001/

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5 Responses to Latest Sandy Hook Promise PSA gives nightmarish look at school shootings

  1. KOYOTE says:

    Dewey Cornell, an education professor at the University of Virginia, is uncertain how chilling images of the worst case scenario might affect students and parents.

    “School shootings are terrifying events – they tug at our heartstrings. And we see images of them over and over again, which magnifies the perception that they’re pervasive,” Cornell said.

    He hadn’t seen the video, but he emphasized the statistical rarity of school shootings….
    HEY DEWEY….
    UNTIL THE MOSSAD IS REMOVED FROM AMERICAN SHORES, THIS BULLSHIT WILL CONTINUE, WHETHER REAL OR FAKE……………………

    • Zombie Annihilation says:

      The highly publicized ones don’t look real to me. Not saying mossad or zogbots aren’t capable of such acts cause we all know they were after the USS liberty and 9/11 and numerous other instances.

  2. Enemy of the State says:

    Do you know what PSA means to me ?

    Police
    State
    America

  3. Zombie Annihilation says:

    Another bloomberg funding group creating drumming up hysteria off of a non existing manufactured crisis and using children to push a communist agenda. Go F#@k yourself. Those who don’t have their head in the sand will only buy more guns after this diabolical whirlwind of anti gun propaganda. They are losing the narrative the more they try to tighten their tyrannical grip on the american nationals. There will be hell to pay for these crimes.

  4. Martist says:

    Aw, what a cute little propaganda piece, pushing their BS school shootings. Even managed to throw in the faggity rainbow sock agenda. There’s gonna be a whole lot more deaths that are real if the creators of this heartfelt puff piece have their way. These dumb sh!t kids taking part in it need a wallop upside the head for their actions. Those that dreamed it up and KNOW it’s BS get different.

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