Smyrna school remembers Sandy Hook victims with walk, balloon release
Reported By Stephanie Langston, Reporter - bio | email
SMYRNA, Tenn. -
Friday marks one week since the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Communities across the country took time to remember the 20 first-graders and six staff members killed.
In Smyrna, a walk and balloon release was held at Stewarts Creek Elementary.
Hundreds gathered to walk 27 minutes, one minute for each of the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School and one minute for the mother of the gunman. Twenty-seven white balloons were released following the walk.
Teacher Courtney Bennett helped organize the local remembrance.
"Walking I've noticed a lot of the kids are holding hands, there's one now. Keeping them close and I think that's what this is about," she said. "We wanted this to feel like a unified event so I think that's what's happening."
Teacher Mirna Aguilar added, "As soon as I heard they were doing this I was like, ‘I want to pay my tribute to the children and the families and everyone.'"
At the end of the walk, there was a moment of silence before the balloon release.
Belmont University and Vanderbilt University also held ceremonies for the Newtown, Connecticut victims Friday.