On Wednesday afternoon, a gunman opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the wake of the mass shooting, Sheriff Scott Israel turned to the news media which had descended on his town and revealed what President Donald Trump told him just moments after the massacre which left at least seventeen innocent people dead.
Following the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesdays, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel addressed the news media as quickly as possible, as is customary following a tragic event of this magnitude.
Sheriff Israel confirmed that the gunman is in custody and that he did attend Douglas High School at one point. Israel confirmed that there were fatalities and injuries in the shooting. Near the end of his opening statement, the sheriff said that he had spoken to multiple Florida politicians after the shooting and that President Trump has also called him. [Source: The Daily Caller]
President Donald Trump was quick to offer his support in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting. “I have spoken to President Trump and he has offered the full power of the United States of America to get through this,” explained Sheriff Israel.
President Trump’s live-televised remarks to the nation on Thursday were in keeping with the message he gave Sheriff Israel after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.
President Donald Trump responded to the latest American school shootingon Thursday by speaking directly to children across the country, urging them to seek help if they feel “lost, alone, confused or even scared.”
Trump stressed the need to address mental health issues in America in his first public response to the shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school but steered clear of any discussion of gun laws in the US.
The President said he will discuss policies to make schools safer in a meeting with US governors and attorneys general later this month, but said “it’s not enough to take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference — we must make that difference.”
Trump said he is “making plans” to visit Parkland, Florida, where the shooting took place.
Addressing a nation “in grief,” Trump said the entire nation “with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families” and promised that his administration is working closely with state and local leaders investigating the attack.[Source: CNN]
“I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost alone confused or even scared. I want you to know that you are never alone, and you never will be,” Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Reception Room. “You have people who care about you, who love you and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer or a faith leader. Answer hate with love. Answer cruelty with kindness.”
“To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you, whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family and your suffering is our burden also,” the president added. “No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.”
Please continue to pray for the families in Florida who are grieving an unspeakable loss today, and for the children who witnessed a violent event which no one should ever be forced to endure.