Safety is a top priority at Winton Woods City Schools. Warrior staff participate in safety courses and training throughout the year to be prepared in case of an unfortunate event and to ensure our students are always prepared. On March 2-6, our schools will participate in National Say Something Call-to-Action Week. A week dedicated to teaching students in grades 5-12 how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from individuals who may want to harm themselves or others and to say something to a trusted adult to get them help. National Say Something Week is in partnership with Sandy Hook Promise, a national, nonprofit organization led by several family members whose loved ones were lost in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
“During that week, our teachers and principals will engage in real conversations with our students about what it means to say something,” said Corina Denny, community engagement coordinator for Winton Woods City Schools. “In addition, our primary principals chose a more age appropriate program so that their students could be included. Schools with students in preschool to fourth grade will be holding their own event this week called ‘No One Plays Alone,’ which will take place at recess. We are happy to take part in Say Something Week because we know that our students are our biggest asset, and this program strengthens and reinforces our belief.”
The Say Something Call-to-Action program is based on the research of Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two national experts in threat assessment and intervention. Their findings indicate that when it comes to violence, suicide and threats, that issues are usually known by at least one other individual before the incident occurs. In four out of five school shootings, the attacker told people of the plan ahead of time. Additionally, 70% of people who commit suicide told someone of their plans or gave some type of warning or indication.
To learn more and to get involved, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org.