MIAMI, Fla. — On a wall in Sandy Hook Promise’s crisis centerAs a reminder, the news articles, headlines, pictures and videos serve to remind men and women why they are responding toHere are some tips from kids all over the country to help you get started.
The I-Team was curious about how it feels. to continue adding stories toThey come in day after day to the wall.
“At times, it’s almost chilling,” manager Jessica Neely said. “We know that at any point in time, and at any school, perhaps happening right now, is someone thinking and contemplating a school shooting.”
Five days prior to the deaths of 19 elementary school students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde TX, The I-Team met Neely.
Last week, I-Team went on a trip toMiami, for an exclusive inside visit Sandy Hook Promise’sNational crisis center. This visit was part of a larger story in the works, toTake a peek behind the scenes at the partnership between the nonprofit and thousands of schools across the nation, including Pinellas County Schools. toProtect children and get the help they need
The crisis centerAnswers calls and messages 24/7/365, answering anonymous reporting system toConcerns about another student carrying a gun to school, toSelf-harm thoughts.
“Every time we post another newspaper article of a possible planned school shooting, a planned school shooting, or even one that indeed happened, it is a constant reminder that we are here for our tipsters,” Neely said.
Reaching out toNeely, after hearing about the Uvalde school shooting, texted: “We are heartbroken by the Crisis Center, however, we continue the work.”
Max Schachter, a national school safety advocate, is a supporter for the crisis centerIt connects kids with their parents through its 24/7 service crisis centerCounselors are followed by contacts in the local school districts. toGet the support they require.
He is also the father to Alex, who was one of 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting. He was just 14 years of age at the time.
Schachter spoke to the I-Team in Alex’s bedroom.
“This was where he loved.” toHe said that Tom Brady was his favorite player and be.
Alex has Safe Schools
After Schachter’s shooting at Buffalo supermarket, the I-Team interviewed him less than a week later. He had just returned from Washington D.C. for two days of meetings and “trying” to interview Schachter. toWe must pass school safety legislation in order to prevent another Buffalo, another Pittsburgh or another Parkland.
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The I-Team asked Schachter what gave him hope that there would be change. He paused and replied, “I don’t have hope.” Hah, I don’t have hope. I’m frustrated that it’s been four years and I can’t get Congress to pass this common sense, bipartisan pieces of legislation, but I won’t stop, I will do everything I can, this is my mission in life. So Congress is really disappointing that they haven’t done more. There were over 200 mass shootings this past year. toDo our jobs are not theirs.”
Four days later, Uvalde received the news of the shooting.
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Schachter spoke to the I-Team again and said that it was heartbreaking for the parents. I mean I’ve been in their shoes and you know, you just hope that this is a nightmare that you can wake up from and you’ll have your little child home with you again, that you can tuck into bed and kiss and hug and it’s just — it’s just so sad that they now have toInstead, they should plan a funeral for their daughter or son. toDo that.”
Schachter stated that Parkland is here to support the families of the Uvalde shooting victims. He said that they will be there for them and help them through their grief.
He stated that while the families won’t be moving on, they are going. toKeep moving forward
“They’re going toGive them the things that they need toDo toSchachter stated that parents should “keep their children’s memories alive”.
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The I-Team’s special Full Circle reports will include parents and students as well as school staff and police, along with counselors from the I-Team. Sandy Hook Promise national crisis centerIn Miami, ABC Action News will air Miami in June