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A Memorial Service for Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims is Held at JSU

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 19 Dec 2012 05:43pm | comments
Members of JSU's MADDRAMA Performance Troupe performing during a University memorial for Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims.

Memorial services continue across the country for the 20 children and six adults who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. MPB's Lawayne Childrey attended a bell ringing ceremony yesterday on the campus of Jackson State University in honor of the victims.

About 200 people gathered on the grounds of Jackson State University as bells tolled for the 26 victims of last week’s deadly shooting attack in Connecticut. Dr. Carolyn is President of JSU. 

"We teach our students that they are citizens of the world and in reality the world is their playground in this 21st century. And so we have to extend our loving thoughts and our compassion to people outside of our local communities as well as within.  And realize that when something horrible happens it diminishes each of us."

"20 of our babies went to school last Friday and never came home at all, But left their blood instead upon those academic walls."

Members of JSU's MADDDRAMA Performance Troupe also gave an emotional interpretation highlighting the events of the tragedy.

"Will the circle be unbroken by and by Lord, by and by?"

Mark Henderson, Director of JSU's Speech Communications and Theater department explains his motivation to write such a dramatic piece of work.

"It's a sad situation when you prepare your child for school and you're making plans for the weekend and for Christmas and then there is no child. I believe in that statement that no parent should have to bury their child. And it is so serious and makes us think about how quick life can be gone. "

Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed the observance of a Moment of Silence beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday. It’s in honor of each life that was taken far too soon at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Lawayne Childrey. MPB News.



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