Grant to pay for vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion work

Greenwich Time (Sunday) - - FROM THE FRONT PAGE - By Rob Ryser

A $500,000 fed­eral grant that Con­necti­cut will use to help stu­dents rec­og­nize red flag be­hav­ior be­fore it erupts into school vi­o­lence fea­tures pro­grams de­vel­oped by the home­grown non­profit Sandy Hook Prom­ise.

And there’s more where that came from.

The grant, which will help teach 116,000 stu­dents statewide about Sandy Hook Prom­ise’s peer-based vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion pro­grams, is funded by the $100 mil­lion STOP School Vi­o­lence Act that was signed in March by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Sandy Hook Prom­ise, which was in­stru­men­tal in craft­ing that STOP act, has part­ner­ships with school sys­tems in 14 other states, in­clud­ing New York, Flor­ida and Cal­i­for­nia, to use act grant money to pre­vent vi­o­lence and sui­cide in schools, said Mark Bar­den, a co-founder and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Sandy Hook Prom­ise, whose son was one of 26 first-graders and ed­u­ca­tors slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook mas­sacre.

“We are proud to con­tinue our work in our home state ... to help keep Con­necti­cut’s stu­dents safe by train­ing them how to spot and re­port at-risk be­hav­iors be­fore vi­o­lence oc­curs,” Bar­den said in a pre­pared state­ment. “We know we can pre­vent vi­o­lence through proven pro­grams like our Know the Signs pro­grams.”

The peer-based pro­grams, which have been in place in lo­cal school dis­tricts such as Dan­bury since 2016, en­cour­age youth to both re­port at-risk be­hav­ior and sup­port at-risk peers, such as those who are iso­lated.

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