During the week of October 16 - 20, 2017, thousands of schools and youth organizations from across the United States will participate in Say Something Week. Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, advertising, public proclamations, media events, contests and school awards. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and save lives when they Say Something to a trusted adult.
What is Say Something?
Did you know that when it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other person BEFORE the incident takes place? Imagine how much tragedy could be averted if these individuals said something?
Say Something teaches students, grades 6-12, how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from a peer who might be planning to hurt themselves or someone else and to say something to a trusted adult to get help and save a life.
- Most mass shootings are planned for 6 months to a year. In almost every documented case, warning signs were given off that were not understood, were not acted upon quickly or was not shared with someone who could help
- In 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker's plan but failed to report it
- 70% of people who commit suicide tell someone their plans or give some other type of warning signs
- Guns used in about 80% of all incidents at schools were taken from the home, a friend or a relative
- Approximately half of all gun owners don’t lock up their guns in their homes, including 40% of households with kids under age 18
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS), Average of data 2003–2013. Retrieved August 2015 from www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars. Numbers are rounded.
Mother Jones. What Does Gun Violence Really Cost? http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/true-cost-of-gun-violence-in-America. U.S. Secret Service's "Safe Schools Initiative,"
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics. Firearm Violence 1993 – 2011. Published May 2013. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fv9311.pdf
About This Pledge
Say Something Week is October 16 - 20, 2017, and King's Say Something presentations will take place October 18th -- tune in to KSNC to watch from home! Learn how to spot the warning signs in a peer who might be planning to hurt themselves or someone else
and say something to a trusted adult to get help and save a life.