By DIANE R. CHODAN
OBSERVER Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Connecticut governor Dannel P. Malloy wrote a letter to the governors of all the other states asking them to join Connecticut in a moment of silence today at 9:30 a.m. to mourn the loss of the children and educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. This is one week after the tragedy.
AP Photo by Lindsay Niegelberg (The Stamford Advocate)
Mourners exit a church in Katonah, N.Y., Thursday, after the funeral for Anne Marie Murphy, a victim the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A moment of silence will be held today at 9:30 a.m. in schools across the nation for the victims.
"In the last few days, the outpouring of love and compassion from your state and from around the world has been overwhelming and the people of Connecticut will be forever grateful. Too often we focus on what divides us as a people, instead of what binds us together as human beings," Malloy wrote.
On Thursday, Dr. John B. King, Jr., New York State Education Commissioner asked principals, teachers, staff and students to observe the moment of silence.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all the families of Newtown, Connecticut," he wrote.
At yesterday's board of education meeting in Brocton, board president Thomas DeJoe read the letter from King. Superintendent John Hertlein confirmed that Brocton will be participating.
Forestville middle/high school principal Patrick Moses confirmed that Forestville Central School will also participate. Other local school administrators were unable to be reached.
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