President Trump Addresses Nation in Wake of Parkland Shooting, Says School Safety Will Become Administration’s “Top Priority”


President Trump addressed the nation today in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in the nation’s history.  “No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school,” the President said.

A gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, yesterday and began shooting.  He killed seventeen students in all and wounded fourteen others, five with life-threatening injuries according to hospital officials.  Cruz was believed to have used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in the attack.

Cruz was a former student at Douglas High School but had been expelled for disciplinary reasons.  He was enrolled elsewhere in the district according to officials in Broward County school officials.

President Trump announced that he would be traveling to Parkland, Florida, in the coming days to meet with the families of the victims as well as Florida officials.  He also vowed to tackle the issue of mental health later this month.  “I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and Attorney General’s we’re making our schools and our children safer we’ll be our top priority,” the President said.

He didn’t address the issue of gun control specifically, saying only that as a country, the U.S. needed to focus on issues that will yield tangible results.  “It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference we must actually make that difference,” the President said.

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