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Sandy Hook Promise

‘Start with hello’: Sandy Hook parents turn their grief into hope by teaching L.A. students to reach out to the lonely

‘Start with hello’: Sandy Hook parents turn their grief into hope by teaching L.A. students to reach out to the lonely

Every time Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden talk to students, they have to remind themselves: Compartmentalize. Inspire. Don’t cry.

The stakes are personal and painful, life and death. Hockley and Barden each lost a child nearly five years ago in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn.

The speeches they give at schools nationwide — including one this week at Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School in Los Angeles — are an effort to prevent gun violence by working to end social isolation and address mental health.

The more the Sandy Hook parents...

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