Schools encourage students, staff to wear blue for Va. Beach victims Monday

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County Public Schools superintendent Amy Cashwell is asking students and staff to wear blue Monday in honor of the Virginia Beach shooting victims.

Superintendent Amy Cashwell posted the following message on social media Sunday night: 

Like many of you, I’ve been thinking about the tragedy that unfolded Friday in Virginia Beach where an unspeakable act of violence claimed the lives of 12 people and injured four more. As we prepare to see your precious children again on Monday, the close proximity and possible connections may result in this event resonating more strongly within our schools.

Often after such traumatic events occur, some people may find themselves struggling to regain a sense of normalcy. It is not uncommon that the full impact of the event strikes them days or even weeks later. And so, I wanted to share some resources that you may find helpful in the future. Those resources were included in an email message that our staff and student households received this evening.

On a personal note, this tragedy hits close to home for me. I grew up in Virginia Beach and spent 20 additional years there as a classroom teacher and school administrator. The school superintendent in Virginia Beach is Dr. Aaron Spence, a former school principal here in Henrico. He’s asking everyone in Virginia Beach to wear blue on Monday to support those affected by Friday’s events and to honor the 12 lives lost.

This evening, I stand with Dr. Spence in asking all of the staff, students and families of Henrico County Public Schools to wear blue on Monday to show our love and support for Virginia Beach. I hope you’ll be able to join me in this meaningful gesture of togetherness.

Thank you for your time, attention and support of Henrico County and Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Sincerely,

Amy Cashwell
Superintendent

The plea comes after many schools in the Hampton Roads area asked students and staff members to don blue Monday as a way to honor the 12 victims who lost their lives in Friday’s shooting. 

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence posted a picture to his Twitter to make the announcement. An email and voice message was sent out to school faculty, staff and parents of students asking them to wear blue as well.

Other school districts across Hampton Roads have also encouraged people to wear blue on Monday, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Isle of Wight County and Gloucester County Public Schools.

Cumberland County Public Schools posted on Twitter Sunday evening saying that in unity with Va. Beach, they will wear blue, too. 

“For us, blue represents the beach, and the color our first responders wear when they rush toward danger to save lives every day,” Natalie Allen, communications officer for Virginia Beach, Virginia schools, told CNN.

Blue is also the background of the city flag.

RELATED: ‘The most devastating day’: 12 killed, several injured in Virginia Beach shooting

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