This two minute and twenty-eight second video titled “Evan” has gotten over one million shares and showcases an unexpected and emotionally stirring ending.
The video starts off with Evan sketching into a study hall table the words “I am bored” after which, he walks away from when the bell rings.
To the young man’s surprise, when he returns to the same spot, there was a cursive handwritten response that says, “Hi bored, nice to meet you.”
With a surprise look in his eyes, Evan gleefully responds and says, “I can’t wait for break.”
At the same time, it is clear that the young student is trying to figure out the person behind the mystery message and is hopeful that it is a young lady.
After searching the halls and lunch room, Evan comes up with the question, “Who are you?” So he can put his weary heart and mind at ease.
When he is seen in the video jogging towards the library door in the hopes of seeing a response, he’s disappointed to learn the library has been closed for the summer. For several seconds, Evan’s frustration can be seen as he tries to jar open the library door, to see if he could sneak in, but it doesn’t budge.
As the young man is saying good bye and signs a yearbook in the school gym, he finds out who the mystery girl is, after simply signing her friend’s yearbook.
His response is, “no way.”
After, the audience has a chance to fall for the budding friendship between the young man and the girl identified as the responder to the desk writing. A shooter comes in the gym door.
The video says, “While you were watching Evan, another student was showing signs of planning a shooting.”
…”But no one noticed.”
When the audience has an opportunity to “look back” on what was happening in the background of Evan’s story, there were signs visually depicted of a child in turmoil, according Sandy Hook Promise’s New PSA, “Know the signs.”
The Mission is to help people recognize and help someone showing signs indicative of past shooters and help prevent future tragedies.
The organization launched in response to the deaths of young students by a shooter at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Conn. four years ago.
Now several family members who lost loved ones in 2012 are spear heading this non-profit.