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Bell ringing

UGA students who participated in ringing the Chapel bell are, from left, Leslie Hale, a graduate student from Athens, Clint Reeves, a junior from Flowery Branch, and Jin Kim, a junior from South Korea.

Members of the UGA and Athens communities joined others across the country on Dec. 21, ringing the Chapel bell 26 times in honor of the victims of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. About 75 people observed the ceremony that began at 9:30 a.m., exactly one week from when the tragedy began to unfold. Typically the bell, located behind the university’s historic Chapel, is rung in celebration, often by sports fans after Georgia Bulldog victories. However, on this chilly morning, the bell’s tone was somber as observers silently reflected on the terrible tragedy. Twenty children and six school personnel were killed when a gunman armed with an assault rifle forced his way into the school and began shooting. The gunman earlier had killed his mother and later, after the school shootings, killed himself.