The following is a letter Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay issued. Source is publishing it for the community.
The recent attacks on a synagogue in Pittsburgh have left me with a heavy heart. As I reflect on my role as the educational leader of the Framingham Public Schools and specifically on my role as an advocate for children and families, I am often frustrated when I cannot help make a situation better.
Whether that situation is in a Framingham neighborhood or elsewhere, finding comfort in a community that cares for others as deeply as ours does is important – especially in the wake of continued attacks against humanity. And expressing that frustration and seeking the support of one another is part of that important healing journey.
As we endure the aftermath of attacks that we read about everyday, I am reminded of the impressionable, young minds who are also witnessing these tragic events. It is for their sake that we must be intentional in speaking up during these times. Regardless of our differences in faith, race, or politics, we all have the ability to be compassionate and accepting. There exists an innate ability within all of us to learn and grow. Our history shines as an example of our ability to overcome. Violence and bigotry have no place in our community or in our country.
The late Nelson Mandela said: “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite…” If we allow ourselves to be moved by our love and compassion for one another, then we will find ourselves on a collective journey towards a more peaceful and just world.
We send our prayers and condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones in this attack.
Very truly yours,
Superintendent of Schools