Politics Trump tweets 'prayers and condolences' in response to Florida school shooting

23:42  14 february  2018
23:42  14 february  2018 Source:   The Hill

The Florida School Shooting Was the 18th School Shooting of the Year. And It's Only February

  The Florida School Shooting Was the 18th School Shooting of the Year. And It's Only February Wednesday’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., was the 18th school shooting of 2018 — a year that’s not even two months old. While many of these incidents — including the most recent before Wednesday’s shooting, one on Feb. 8 at New York City’s Metropolitan High School — did not result in any fatalities or injuries, schools nationwide have been rocked by gun violence in recent days. There have been school shootings in 13 states so far this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit that advocates for gun control. Texas, California and Michigan have each seen at least two school shootings. On Jan. 23 in Kentucky, a 15-year-old student killed two of his peers and injured almost two dozen others. Just the day before, a 15-year-old girl was wounded in a shooting in Texas. At least 14 people were injured in the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s office. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson told MSNBC he had gotten word of “a number of fatalities” from the school superintendent. A suspect in the Florida shooting has been identified as Nicolas Cruz, the Associated Press reports. A suspect, who is not a current student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, has been taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office. President Donald Trump offered “prayers and condolences” in the wake of the Florida shooting, tweeting that “no child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.

President Trump tweeted Wednesday in response to a school shooting in Florida that no one should “feel unsafe in an American school .” My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting .

Trump sends his “warmest condolences ” to victims after America’s deadliest mass shooting . The response to the president’s tweet quickly drew criticism across social media, including from people who compared the effectiveness of reaction to the White House’s sluggish response toward helping

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President Trump tweeted Wednesday in response to reports of a school shooting in Florida, saying that no one should "feel unsafe in an American school."

"My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting," Trump tweeted. "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."

Authorities responded to reports of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Local outlets reported that as many as 50 people could be injured and that the Margate Fire Department is preparing for a mass casualty situation.

As of publication, the shooter was still at large and the school was on lockdown. The shooting is the 19th school shooting so far in 2018.

Florida victim's mom screams: 'Trump stop guns getting into children's hands' .
The anguished mother of a girl slain with 16 other people by a gunman at a Florida high school took to national television on Thursday to angrily demand that U.S. President Donald Trump "do something" to protect school children from gun violence. "President Trump, you say what can you do? ... You can do a lot," Lori Alhadeff shouted into the camera in an emotionally raw appearance on CNN. Fighting tears, her voice quaking with anger, she screamed, "Do something. Action. We need it now. These kids need safety now.

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