Powerful Video Shows Missed Signs of Campus Violence
A powerful new PSA from the Sandy Hook Promise takes to the hallways of a normal high school to show make a point that gun violence is almost always preventable.
The video, which is embedded to view above, tells the story of Evan, a high school student that finds himself exchanging messages with an unknown person through notes on a library table. The first minute and a half of the video shows Evan moving through the school looking for the secret note writer.
Finally, Evan finds his pen pal when she recognizes his writing in her friend’s yearbook. The two begin to talk about the strange coincidence when someone opens the door to the gymnasium and aims a gun inside.
“While you were watching Evan, another student was showing signs of planning a shooting,” the video says. “But no one noticed.”
From there you are shown flashbacks of the video which highlight a student in the background. In one scene he is shown reading a magazine with a gun on the cover, in the next he makes a gun hand signal behind the back of a teacher and is also seen in the hallway being bullied by his peers.
“Gun violence is preventable when you know the signs,” the video says after it has illuminated the student showing aggressive behavior, isolation and an interest in firearms and mass shootings.
The video is much like real life, which would explain the 2.5 million and growing views on YouTube where the PSA was originally published. Viewers are so engrossed in the “more interesting” story that they failed to see the student in the background struggling. According to Sandy Hook Promise, 80 percent of school shooters tell their violent plans to someone before an incident occurs. Sandy Hook Promise is asking people to keep an eye out for these signs and to report them to a trusted adult, advisor or police officer before anything bad happens.
In a downloadable guide, the Sandy Hook Promise goes into further detail on how to know the signs to prevent gun violence.
Posted on Dec 06, 2016