(WTIC/CNN) – “Knowing that my son`s death was preventable but no one recognized the signs and was able to connect them to get the shooter help that`s part of what drives me,” said Nicole Hockley, the Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit started days after the 2012 Sandy Hook tragedy.
Hockley’s 6-year-old son was killed in the shooting; “Gun violence is preventable when you know the signs.” So they’ve put together a PSA challenging viewers to spot those signs.
The two and half minute video depicts a budding friendship between two teens exchanging messages on a desk. What most viewers miss at first glance is a third character in the background, a student plotting a shooting.
“Signs are quite often right in front of our eyes but if you`re not trained to look for them, then you don`t see them and that can have tragic consequences,” said Hockley.
So what are some of those signs? Hockley said, “Extreme aggression, or anger, really being over the top on something that looks like a minor incident it could also be extreme or severe chronic social isolation”
She said it`s important for parents to teach their kids to be vigilant; “The kids see them in their peers, particularly social media, so kids need to be trained on what to look for and how to tell a trusted adult.”