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Sandy Hook victim's father starts Wingman Program in his son's spirit

<p>A father who lost his son in in the Sandy Hook&nbsp;Elementary School shooting is turning his family's grief into a way to help other children.</p>

News 12 Staff

Oct 9, 2018, 2:42 AM

Updated 2,081 days ago

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A father who lost his son in in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting is turning his family's grief into a way to help other children.
Dylan Hockley's life was cut short nearly six years ago when he was one of 26 killed in the massacre.
His father, Ian Hockley, is now trying to teach young people acceptance and leadership, in addition to making sure everyone has a "wingman."
Ian says his son Dylan had autism, and often had trouble feeling accepted by other students.
"There's a little bit of Dylan all of us," says Hockley. "There's always a time when we wish there was someone there with a helping hand, that person being a wingman."
Twenty-one students at High Bridge Middle School in New Jersey were chosen to become leaders of the Wingman Program.
"I've seen a couple of kids in school just been kind of put down or just not being included as much, kind of sitting off to the side during activities," says eighth-grader Charlie Curtin. "And this is kind of an opportunity to change that and get them to join in with the group."


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