Presentation educates students on reporting potential problems
One nonprofit group is traveling the country with the goal of educating students about the warning signs that can lead up to a school shooting.
Lashandra Sugg, a Sandy Hook Promise Presenter, was at Plattsmouth schools on Tuesday to show students what they can do to help spot a problem before it escalates.
It's been almost six years since the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 20 children dead.
Sugg visits schools to share an app that allows students to report potential problems.
"We have the 'Say Something' anonymous recording system. This system will allow you to see those warning signs, or those signs and take the treats that you heard and say something in a way that keeps you completely anonymous but still gets the help for the person who needs it," Sugg said.
She said students are the eyes and ears of a school and know a lot more about the culture inside the school than most adults.
"There are almost always signs and signals that if we know what to look for, we can know how we can help that person get help," Sugg said in the presentation. "Sometimes there are these big changes in their personality or drastic changes in their appearance."
She encouraged kids to take it seriously if they ever notice anything out of the ordinary and to say something to a trusted adult.
The message was effective.
"I cried during the video," student Josie Knusc said. "That just really impacted me because I've had people that killed themselves and I was so close to them and it's hard."
The students took a pledge to help keep their schools safe.
Plattsmouth schools are also starting a program called the S.A.V.E. Club, or Students Against Violence Everywhere.