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Guilderland school provides 'much needed hug' in Troy tragedy

January 05, 2018 06:41 PM

One teacher in Troy wrote on social media it was like "a much-needed hug."

Guilderland Elementary wants educators in Troy to know they are not alone. The two districts have unfortunately been unified by tragedy.

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Representatives from Guilderland Elementary dropped off cards of support and breakfast to the teachers and staff at Troy Middle School and School 14 on Thursday. The two young Lansingburgh victims – 5-year-old Shanise and 11-year-old Jeremiah - attended those schools.

You may recall Guilderland Elementary is where brothers Anthony and Eddy Chen went to school when they were murdered, along with their parents, back in 2014.

"We knew that we needed to reach out to our colleagues and do whatever we could to support them. So we took up a collection in school. I emailed everybody the night before we came back from Christmas break and by mid-morning that day, we had collected hundreds of dollars from our staff members who felt a real kinship to the staff members at School 14 and Troy Middle School," explained Guilderland Elementary Principal Allan Lockwood.

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