Los Angeles and Chicago Also on Board
[Editor’s Note: We are not surprised that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre event has culminated in its participants’ direct intervention in the public schooling process through implementation of behavioral/ mental health programs. This trajectory has been evident since at least early 2013 and reported on at MHB (i.e. here and here). Such measures also involve overt and coordinated maneuvers of the Obama administration harnessing such federal agencies as the Department of Health of Human Services and Department of Education to further make over public education in a fashion similar to Scotland’s cradle-to-grave Getting It Right For Every Child. As noted in late 2014,
Using the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre as its justification, the Obama administration has recently given the psychiatric business and pharmaceutical industry a major gift by quietly introducing a behavioral and mental health program in public schools throughout the United States. The maneuver was initially laid out on January 16, 2013 in President Obama’s executive policy, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence.
The document is partly devoted to articulating Obama’s proposed gun control measures that failed to move gain legislative traction in 2013. Yet an under-reported section of Now is the Time is applied to “making schools safer” and “improving mental health services” for students.
‘Obama’s Mental Health Mandate,’ November 4, 2014.
In September 2014, for example, DHS put $99 million toward ‘mental health provider training’ for public schools, while DOE allotted $70 million to create “School Climate Transformation Grants” along shared lines.-JFT]
(September 19, 2016)
For Nicole Hockley, the mother of a child killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, this week marks an important milestone on a journey that began with her 6-year-old son Dylan’s death four years ago.
On Monday, Miami-Dade became the first school district in the country to implement Sandy Hook Promise — a violence-prevention program founded by Hockley and others who lost family members during the massacre — in all of its schools.
The district launched the initiative with an assembly at John A. Ferguson Senior High School in West Kendall, which piloted the program last year. Students passed out name tags and wore T-shirts emblazoned with “Start with Hello,” a call to greet classmates and reach out to isolated students.
“It’s about stopping these acts from ever happening in the first place and a lot of that can be done at a program level by teaching people,” Hockley said.
Sandy Hook Promise aims to foster social inclusion and also trains students and staff to recognize signs of trouble and intervene before students turn to violence. Last year, students at Ferguson High organized activities like “speed friending,” and encouraged classmates to have lunch with someone who was eating alone and to share positive messages written on post-it notes.