As everyone has heard and seen, on Monday, April 15th, Patriot’s Day here in Boston, 2 bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As of right now, three people have been confirmed dead, and more than 170 people have been reported as injured, some critically.
This was a nightmare situation for our community and city, that such a triumphant and inspiring race should end with tragedy and sorrow. As MIT students, staff, and faculty, we have such a unique opportunity to experience a historical and exciting city like Boston, and that opportunity was violated on Monday. It is the hope of this office and the greater MIT community that we can grow stronger from these events, and that Boston can grow closer as a community and support our fellow citizens more than ever before.
There are a number of resources available to our community members, including expert counseling services through MIT Medical. Additionally, we ask that our community keeps each other safe and stays vigilant- if you see anything suspicious happening on campus, please contact the MIT Police at (617) 253-1212.
If you are looking for an opportunity to reflect on the events of this week, please feel free to join MIT SMASH (Students at MIT Allied for Student Health) and MIT Administrators on Kresge Oval from 5-6pm today to come together as a community and write notes of support for first responders and victims of the Marathon attacks.
If you are unsure of how to process these events in any way, please contact MIT Medical or staff in MIT Student Outreach and Support. We have around a month or so left of school this year, and we want to make sure we can help in any way to make it a strong finish.
Picture just outside the Infinite of banner hung by MIT community. Pic via @marlenalove on Twitter.
MIT Green Building lit up on Monday, 4/15. Pic via @peteyMIT from Twitter.