Paso Robles woman creates memorial to Connecticut shooting victims

Teacher says she had to recognize the children killed

clambert@thetribunenews.comDecember 25, 2012 

Vikky Mullin has a memorial to the Sandy Hook Elementary students and teachers in her Paso Robles front yard. David Middlecamp 12-24-2012

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Twenty-six miniature snowmen, each sporting a red ribbon, adorn a portion of Paso Robles resident Vikky Mullin’s front lawn, her memorial to the schoolchildren and educators killed the recent shooting in Connecticut.

Mullin, who teaches American Sign Language at Greenfield and King City high schools, was deeply affected by the Dec. 14 shooting of 26 schoolchildren and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

 “Last week, as I went into class each day, it was so hard to face my students thinking how it would feel if they had been hurt,” Mullin wrote in an email to The Tribune.

She wanted to do something to recognize the children and adults who died in Newtown.

With her sons’ help, Mullin placed 26 snowmen on her front lawn, along with battery-powered candles and a ribbon bearing each victim’s name.

“It is my way of grieving and honoring those children and teachers,” she wrote in an email. “I know I too would give my life for my kids.”

She previously worked as a sign language teacher for Templeton High School, and also founded the Singing Hands Children’s Choir in 2004, which performs songs by voice and in sign language in San Luis Obispo County and around the state.

 

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