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Maia Kinney-Petrucha: Gives thanks to mall, police for cautious approach

To the editor:

After returning home from the Hampshire Mall recently, I was shocked to hear that shortly after my visit, the mall was evacuated. It was a terrifying idea that there was a threat close to home, especially so soon after the Boston bombings. It was a relief to find out that the mysterious van causing the commotion was simply full of books. While some will find the event an overreaction to a seemingly benign case, I felt incredibly grateful for the mall staff’s response that day. I want to thank Hampshire Mall security for making the safety of mall-goers most important and I commend them for taking immediate action.

We often take for granted the measures that officers and security guards take in order to ensure our safety. No one knew right away that the situation was harmless, and when the owner of the strange van was nowhere to be found, the safest route to take was to assume the worst and evacuate the premises, just in case.

I personally feel very safe shopping there knowing they follow the guideline “better safe than sorry” when it comes to security. Thank you, Hampshire Mall and Hadley police for taking the necessary steps to protect us customers from all potential threats.

Maia Kinney-Petrucha

Amherst

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