Response to Boston Marathon Bombing
This message was read to the entire school during A period on Monday, April 22:
Last week, while we were on vacation, we all know that the greater Boston area wasn’t.
So, this morning, we want to send our thoughts and prayers out to all those caught in the fear and upheaval of the week. We especially want to remember the victims of the bombings and their families.
Almost inevitably after such events, anger and blame can often surface. As a community, we need to remember that the events in Boston were allegedly caused by individuals, not a group This is an important distinction to bear in mind as we go forward.
Governor Patrick has asked that, today, at 2:50 pm, the entire state observes a moment of silence. 2:50 is significant as it is the time that the first explosion occurred at the Boston Marathon. Even though the school day will have ended by 2:50, we will make an announcement at that time. We would ask that those still in the building please pause and observe a moment of silence.
Lastly, we know that many Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury families have strong connections to the Boston area. We also know that members of our school community either ran in the Marathon or were there as spectators. This morning, as always, our school counselors are available, if any member of the ARHS community needs support or simply someone to talk to. Please do not hesitate to stop in. This is true for both students and adults.