Know the Signs

The daily prompt today is Oversight, and it reminded me of a short video I watched before. I actually think I’m a person keen to details, but I was really caught off guard by the ending of this video.

It engages you with a sweet story of two students who meet in school. Upon a closer look, you’ll notice a kid was actually plotting a gun shooting while you were focused on someone else.

The video was made by the Sandy Hook Promise, which is a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. (Source)

They are delivering a very powerful message through this video and their website which states:

“People who are at-risk of hurting themselves or others often show signs and signals before an act of violence takes place.  When you don’t know what to look for, it can be easy to miss signs, or dismiss them as unimportant, sometimes with tragic consequences.” 


The Sandy Hook Promise goes like this:


You can actually help make the world around you a safer place by going to their website at to join in this promise.

It’s really important for us to keep our eyes open to the people within our circle of influence. A kind word or gesture can go a long way for someone who feels like there’s no way out.

What do you think about gun violence in schools and how can we prevent it? Share it in the comments below.


13 thoughts on “Know the Signs

  1. I believe it’s a scary phenomena to see gun violence becoming more common in recent years. I don’t really know much about it as I don’t believe it’s happened where I come from. Nonetheless, it is something I believe we need to find a solution to.


    1. You’re right. Although here in Philippines, I don’t think teenagers can have access to guns easily. That could be one of the things to consider.. if the place has a particular law about guns being easily accessible.


  2. Oh wow…. That video, though. Point taken. Thanks you so much for sharing this. I believe it is a powerful message that many people need to pay attention to. Gun violence in schools, more than anything else, absolutely breaks my heart, not only for the innocent students who are affected, but also for those that feel that is the solution to their problems. I think it is preventable, but it requires a lot of intentionality in paying attention (not just on behalf of the staff, faculty, and parents, but also for other students as well). It is important to “stop for the one” if that makes any sense. Mentoring is a great resource as well 🙂 Anyhoo… before I write a novel, thanks again for sharing this.


    1. I love long comments, actually. You’re right. It’s something everyone can take part in.. Not just school employees but the students themselves as well. Adolescence is a very confusing time for most.

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  3. I believe that laws regulating guns and it’s use must be established. Vigilance from the school/community must be encouraged. As there are so many factors contributing to the proliferation of gun-related violence in the world nowadays (in fact varying from every nations or localities) a more in-depth consideration of the issue must be construed, not just by persons in authority, community leaders, or lawmakers, but by every person living here on earth who cares. It has become a universal issue. Most importantly, family relations must be strengthened and values must be reinforced, most especially to the youth. Not to allow the culture and any contemporary influences direct their thoughts, perceptions and actions.
    Life is precious. I believe, nobody has been taught since childhood that to take away the life of someone else was okay. We all are born innately good. Some just messed up in between, that’s where we should look at – the factors or reasons behind and not jump into conclusions by merely looking at the gravity of an action. Who knows – the culprit may not just be the only one liable!


  4. This video totally got me the first time. As a former teacher, these signs are displayed constantly by numerous kids, 99.99% of whom will never go on to do anything violent. But they still merit my attention. Why should the lonely and bullied keep flying under the radar just because they’ll never bring a gun to school?


    1. You bring up a valid point. I think the promise is to do what we can to be aware of the children/students in school.. Family, friends, and faculty alike, giving proper attention to those who might need help or even just someone to listen.


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