This new PSA from Sandy Hook Promise is gut wrenching.

By |2019-09-18T08:11:17-08:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

Courtesy of USA Today:

It’s not your typical TV public service announcement.

In what looks like a typical American middle school, a boy flaunts orange zippers on his backpack, flashing a smile full of braces. Then, somewhere down the hall — Pop. Pop. Pop. Students are running for their lives. A young girl hides in a bathroom stall, crying silently as she types “I love you mom” on her smartphone.

This 67-second ad, which debuted Wednesday, is the latest in a series of gut-wrenching videos by the school safety advocacy group Sandy Hook Promise. The chilling video entitled “Back to School Essentials” shows kids dealing with America’s new normal — the threat of gun violence in everyday life.

The year 2018 was the deadliest on record for school shootings — at least 83 died or were injured in active shooter incidents. Since Columbine, at least 228,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school.

Yeah, this one literally knocked the wind out of me. 

Some may want to write this off as an exaggeration but that is wishful thinking. 

I deal with high school kids every day, and this is exactly the kind of thing that is on their minds. 

One kid I know refuses to put anything in his locker or take off his jacket during school hours out of fear that he may have to run for his life at some point before the bus arrives to take him home. 

And I have to tell you these lockdown drills that happen about once a month or more are not helping to put his mind at ease. 

We cannot continue like this or PTSD will become as common a childhood diagnosis as ADHD. 

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  1. AnonCO September 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I wish someone could arrange for this to be projected non-stop on the side of the NRA Building in Virginia, and outside of every venue that ratf*cker Wayne LaPierre speaks at.

    • anon September 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Great idea!

    • Anonymous September 18, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      It wouldn’t help. The NRA had a choice between the profits of gun manufacturers and innocent lives. They’ve chosen.

  2. Anonymous September 18, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    The problem is that the people that are affected by the ad already want gun control and those wimps that have bastardized the 2nd amendment don’t care.

    I still say they should make the cowards look at the bodies.

  3. Anonymous September 18, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    White supremacists are making a list to track Jews critical of them

  4. Anonymous September 18, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    New research on right-wing psychology points toward big trouble ahead

    • Koch Junkie$ September 19, 2019 at 7:18 am

      “Trump acts like a self-styled mob boss — a corrupt bully who forces his subordinates to “kick up” to him.
      Progress is under assault in America as Trump and his allies are overturning the human and civil rights of nonwhites, women, LGBT people, the disabled and everyone else he and his movement deem to be “less than” and the Other.

      Chaos is at the nucleus Age of Trump. This chaos and the disruption and destruction it causes manifest in many ways.
      backlash politics and accelerationism are lived through and experienced by Trump’s supporters — and make clear that Trump’s hold on them will be difficult if not impossible to break. When one includes the findings of other research showing that Trump supporters and other conservatives) are likely to exhibit what psychologists call the “dark triad” of human behavior — Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism — we must consider the possibility of significant political violence if and when Trump is removed from office. Trump delivers human cocaine for his followers. He is is both a cult leader and a political drug dealer. Inevitably, Trump’s voters will come crashing down from their political cocaine high. “

  5. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 12:21 am

    And another one bites the dust.

    Pennsylvania state senator Mike Folmer was arrested late Tuesday night for child sexual abuse and child pornography.

    Do I even need to mention he’s a Republican?

  6. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 8:42 am

    “Kids stood here and didn’t help Khaseen. They would rather video this event. They videoed his death instead of helping him,”
    “He estimated there were between 50 and 70 kids there at the time and said several of them had come forward with information.”

  7. Anonymous September 19, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Dr. Laurie Santos taught what became Yale’s most popular course ever. Christiane Amanpour speaks to her about it and her new podcast, “The Happiness Lab.”

  8. puck September 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    heartbreaking even in a PSA. time to wander-at a distance-at the nearby grade school. no one should have to worry for a child’s life at school. church and school used to be the safe places. there are none anymore.

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