Bridgeport school district mourns beloved security guard
BRIDGEPORT — The city school district and particularly Curiale School are mourning the sudden loss of a beloved security guard, Terra Holloway who passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.
Holloway, 45, was the lead security guard at Curiale. She also a coach for the Tyrone Kelly Basketball League at the PT Barnum Housing Complex where she grew up.
Students refereed to her as “Mrs. T.”
“Officer “T” was loved by many because her soul touched plenty,” Harry Bell, a fellow security guard at Curiale School, said.
Curiale Principal Brett Gustafson said Holloway was much more than a security guard. He called her the heart and soul of Curiale.
“She was a mentor, she mediated issues with students, she took on the most at risk students and buy them clothes, buy them lunch,” Gustafson said. “I am devastated.”
Holloway began working with the school district in 2013.
“Terra was the pulse of Curiale School and her presence, smile, commitment and dedication to the Curiale school community will sincerely be missed,” Schools Superintendent Aresta Johnson said.
Just last Friday, Holloway worked with Curiale students in a self-esteem building exercise, Johnson said.
“She genuinely loved the children, parents,” Johnson said. “Our heart and prayers are extended to her entire family during this difficult time.”
Gustafson said Holloway worked basketball games on Saturday at Bassick High School but felt ill and decided to go home. She reportedly passed away in her sleep.
Grief counselor were at the school on Monday, along with a number of community partners that service Curiale, Gustafson said. They will also be at the school on Tuesday.
“It’s a process, Gustafson said. “Today is about crying.”