Chief Bishop offers encouragement to students

A message from the Chief,
Good afternoon to all of our students from the Southwick, Tolland and Granville school district. I know it has been a while since I have reached out to you but please know, I have not stopped thinking of all of you and of the challenges you have all been facing.


First of all, I would like to address all of our student athletes to whom had your sports programs cancelled. I will not debate the issue about if they should have been cancelled or not but, I do wish to let you all know of how proud I am of those who participated in the student protest regarding this decision. You spoke your mind and shared your thoughts in a peaceful and nonviolent manner. This is another example of the high caliber of students we have in our school system and I, and the community are all very proud of you.

To all of our students, by now you are all back into school in one form or another and I cannot imagine the challenges you are being faced with. I truly respect the way you have adjusted to these new changes and for the example you are all setting for the adults in our community. Yes, we are all facing challenges at this time but we must all adapt and carry on.
I now wish to share a quick story with you. Not so long I had a very close friend of mine pass away at a very young age. One of his favorite sayings in life, whenever he was faced with any kind of a challenge or a difficult situation was, “It is what it is.” I have always remembered these words and they’ve meant so much to me over the years. To me, it means that yes, we All will face challenges and difficult times in life but we have to accept it for, “It is what it is.” We may not be able to change and or prevent what has happened, instead, we must adapt, learn and move on in a positive way and be prepared for the next, “It is what it is” situation and believe me, there will be future challenges for ALL of us; how you choose to face those challenges will show the true caliber of the person you are.
I have full faith in all of you that you will continue to accept and adapt to the changes and challenges we are all now facing and, you will be ready to face the challenges of tomorrow with your head held high. Remember, you will be representing yourself, your family and the community that is, and always will be so proud of you.
Stay Safe, Stay Strong, God Bless,
Police Chief Kevin Bishop
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