Sandy Hook Promise introduces new PSA to curb school gun violence along with original song by Sheryl Crow

The Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 was a devastating tragedy, and a non-profit group called Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) has introduced a second public service ad to drive home the warnings of school shootings to parents and students. A new original song by Sheryl Crow is also part of the campaign.

‘Tomorrow’s News,’ a new PSA created with BBDO New York, follows last year’s video ‘Evan,’ which has received over 150 million views and helped reframe the conversation on gun violence prevention. As with that spot, ‘Tomorrow’s News’ builds on signs exhibited by individuals who may hurt themselves or others that are often missed or not acted upon. Donations from the PSA and proceeds from downloads of the song will benefit Sandy Hook Promise’s lifesaving educational programs.

The film shows a newscast covering a school shooting the day before it actually happens to illustrate that school shootings are preventable. People can learn to ‘Know the Signs’ and take action today to prevent gun violence tomorrow. BBDO donated all services and creative teams to make ‘Tomorrow’s News.’

“It’s easy to know the right thing to do after it’s too late to do anything. In this PSA, we illustrate that when it comes to gun violence prevention, the stakes are too high to let that continue to be the case. We hope this moves people to support Sandy Hook Promise in expanding its Know the Signs programs,” said Greg Hahn, chief creative officer of BBDO New York.

‘Tomorrow’s News’ continues the conversation about the importance of knowing the signs of someone at risk and taking action. In this video, viewers’ perspective of a mass shooting will be upended as they see how easy it is to miss the signs or grapple with what to do when the signs are there,” said Mark Barden, managing director and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel, who was seven-years old when he was killed in the Sandy Hook Tragedy. “The work of Sandy Hook Promise focuses on preventing gun violence before it starts. ‘Tomorrow’s News’ is a powerful reminder that everyone can prevent a tragedy when they know the signs.”

‘The Dreaming Kind,’ written and sung by Crow for Sandy Hook Promise, is a song about tragedy turned to transformation and hope. It speaks to the pain the country has endured as tragedies are “getting hard to watch,” yet represents the voice of the families who founded and lead Sandy Hook Promise as well as supporters nationwide by saying:

“I’m giving it all I got; there’ll be no more wasting precious time; giving it all I got; and nothing’s ever going to change my mind.”

‘The Dreaming Kind’ is available as a name-your-price download on Sheryl Crow's Bandcamp page with a minimum contribution of 99 cents, with download proceeds going to Sandy Hook Promise. Contributions greater than 99 cents are accepted and appreciated.

The video for ‘The Dreaming Kind’ was filmed on location in Nashville and directed by Gus Black. The elegant and understated black and white film features Crow and her niece. The elegiac yet hopeful message reminds the viewer to “Never Forget – December 14, 2012.”

“The tragedy in Newtown 5 years ago and the countless lives lost in mass shootings since have weighed heavily on my heart. I felt compelled to write ‘The Dreaming Kind’ for the incredible people at Sandy Hook Promise who work so hard every day to combat gun violence. The extraordinary work this organization does to educate and protect our nation from further bloodshed gives me hope for a better tomorrow. I hope this song will inspire the same feeling in those who hear it," said Crow.

“We are grateful to Sheryl for her extraordinary generosity. Every time I listen to the song, it immediately brings me to tears. Not only does it perfectly capture the emotion of our loss and everyday losses in our country, but I believe it epitomizes everything we do at Sandy Hook Promise to move forward and create real change. We know it will resonate with people everywhere and drive people to learn more about Sandy Hook Promise’s gun violence prevention programs and the positive impact they are having,” said Nicole Hockley, managing director and co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was six-years old when he was killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy. “The funding from the song’s downloads will help us accelerate training, which we deliver at no cost, to millions of youth and adults nationwide.”

On Thursday, December 14 Sandy Hook Promise also invites people to participate in a “moment of silence” via Facebook Live to commemorate the five-year remembrance and those lost in the Sandy Hook shooting.

In three years, SHP has trained over 2.5 million youth and adults across all 50 states with its evidenced-based, no-cost Know The Signs violence prevention programs. The programs focus on how to recognize the signs of at-risk behaviors and take action to intervene before individuals turn violent and hurt themselves or others.

SHP’s four Know The Signs violence prevention programs – which include Start With Hello, Say Something, Signs of Suicide and Safety Assessment & Intervention – are offered free to schools and youth organizations across the country. SHP’s programs have helped stop multiple school shootings, suicides and other acts of violence, as well as reduced incidences of bullying and helped many young people get the mental health services they need.

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Kyle O'Brien

I am a reporter for The Drum covering a wide array of topics but always trying to tell the best stories possible. I am a former west coaster from California and Portland, Oregon, now living in Pennsylvania — with time spent in NYC each week.

I also play saxophone professionally.

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