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NVUSD declares school safety resolution, supports Harvest Middle School faculty and students for joining the "Say Something" initiative
Posted 3/11/19

See something say something students and mentors

NVUSD today announced that the Board of Education passed Resolution No. 19-21, during the March 7 Board meeting, underscoring the district's commitment to the safety of students.

"Health and safety are both critical components in a student's ability to learn and develop - both academically and socially,” said Dr. Rosanna Mucetti, NVUSD Superintendent. “This resolution demonstrates our commitment to protecting our students
and those who support them at school from all forms of violence.”

One recent example of this commitment took place last week at Harvest Middle School when faculty and students were joined by Congressman Rep. Mike Thompson to celebrate Sandy Hook Promise’s fourth annual Say Something Call-to-Action Week. The program raises awareness of the power that each student has in preventing gun violence and saving lives when they “Say Something” to a trusted adult. Harvest Middle School has been a participant since the program's inception and was one of dozens of youth organizations nationwide to join in the call to action week festivities.

Standing central in the event were Arik and Hannah Housley, who lost their daughter Alaina in the Thousand Oaks Shooting November 7, 2018. Their message frequently has been to be kind to those around you, and ask how they are doing. “The work in our country starts with our youth; and to help them be aware, mindful and honest, as well as know that there are people around them for support," said Alaina's mother Hannah who is also the Activities Director at Vintage High School in the NVUSD. "Harvest Middle School working with the Say Something program is a great start for our community, and we know they will continue this long-standing tradition.”

Recent events at NVUSD have reminded the community that the issue of gun violence can hit close to home. The district discovered first-hand the power of this notion in January when it learned a student on campus was threatening the safety of others. An immediate investigation found probable cause to arrest the student, and it was a student who said something to their parent after hearing about the plans.

"Students who speak up to keep our community safe are true heroes," said Harvest School Principal Monica Ready. Teacher Marie Zorn adds, “our students that feel confident enough to say something can help avert a potential tragedy.”

According to research, in 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told someone of his/her plans prior to the attack and 70% of people who complete suicide told someone of their intention or gave some type of warning. SHP’s programs work to proactively prevent tragedy by reinforcing the power within young people to stop violence before it starts.

The Say Something Program raises awareness of the power that each student has in preventing gun violence and saving lives when they “Say Something” to a trusted adult. Say Something is delivered at no cost to schools and organizations by Sandy Hook Promise. The program can be taught in the classroom, through assemblies, or by student ambassadors. Sandy Hook Promise has educated over 5.5 million in its Say Something and other Know the Signs programs to help end the epidemic of gun violence by training youth and adults how to identify at-risk behavior and intervene to get help before a tragedy can occur. Through these no-cost signature programs, Sandy Hook Promise has averted multiple school shooting plots, several teen suicides, and countless other acts of violence.