SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — At Mount Holyoke College Friday morning, a special remembrance for the victims of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut, and for the president of the college, it was especially poignant.
She has a personal connection to the tragedy.
The chimes rang out 26 times atop the bell tower at the college at 9:30 a.m. Friday
Each chime to remember each victim of last week’s Sandy Hook tragedy.
College president Lynn Pasquerella echoing the nationwide sentiment of “never forget”
“Like everyone else in the nation, we were truly heartbroken and we wanted to make sure that the community of Newtown that a week later that our thoughts and prayers are still with them and they have our unweilding support,” says Pasquerella.
Beyond the ringing of the bells and the moments of silence, Pasquerella is taking action by joining over 200 other college leaders in sending an open letter to the President and Congress.
“I hope that we will pass legislation that will limit the use of guns in this country. We have had too much gun violence and it needs to stop but I also hope they will learn to value the contributions of educators,” she adds,
For Pasquerella, last week’s heartbreak hit close to home. Her sons were once students of one of the teachers who proved heroic in the face of tragedy.
“Their teacher, Mary Rose Kristopick, a music teacher, was one of the teachers who was able to barricade the door with 20 of her children and kept them safe and we were so very proud to have known her and worked with her and understand how fragile life is and wanted to make sure she knows how very proud we are of her,” Pasquerella says.
A sense of pride that every educator will feel for a very long time.