UVALDE, Texas – After a Texas elementary school shooting that killed at least 19 children and two adults on Tuesday afternoon, state and federal leaders along with public figures took to social media to express their heartbreak.
Federal, Florida and Texas lawmakers reacted on Twitter after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that at least 21 people were dead in the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting.
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Abbott said the shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, is also dead.
The Uvalde Police Department said they responded to the scene at the Uvalde campus, located about 85 miles west of San Antonio, and evacuated Robb Elementary students to the Willie DeLeon Civic Center, where they were to reunite and be picked up by their parents.
President Joe Biden issued a proclamation ordering all flags at half-staff Wednesday as a show of respect for the victims of the school shooting.
“As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24, 2022, by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, May 28, 2022. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.”President Joe Biden
Various state and federal lawmakers and law enforcement agencies responded to the tragic school shooting on social media. Find their responses below:
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, delivered his reaction on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Murphy referred to the attack as “another Sandy Hook,” referring to the elementary school shooting that happened in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.
Orange County Public Schools released a statement about the attack.
“Our hearts go out to the students, staff and families in Uvalde, TX who were impacted by the shooting that occurred today at Robb Elementary School. As we end the school year, we remain vigilant in our efforts to protect our students and staff. We continually work to improve safety procedures and tools while using the summer break to reinforce the training of our employees on how to react when faced with any threat to their campus and work location. We will keep the Uvalde, TX community in our thoughts and prayers as we stand with them during this difficult time.”OCPS
Osceola County School District
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings
Again, we are saddened by another mass school shooting. We grieve with and pray for the victim's families and those impacted in Uvalde, Tx. It is past time for us to rethink strategies in reducing gun violence if we truly want to stop these shootings from happening. Do you agree?— Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings (@OCFLMayor) May 25, 2022
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood
Watching the news with a broken heart as at least 14 more innocent students and 1 teacher are gunned down in Texas by an 18-year-old mass shooter at an elementary school.— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) May 24, 2022
In America these mass shootings are a parent’s and a community’s worst nightmare.
Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida
Ann & I are heartbroken to hear about the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School. No student should ever be afraid to go to school. The violence must end.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) May 24, 2022
We are praying for all of the victims, their families & all affected by this senseless act.
Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee
We are deeply saddened to learn of the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas.— Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) May 24, 2022
Our children deserve so much better than this. Those at the highest level of government must act quickly to end these senseless acts of violence. https://t.co/LuhMojZbFN
Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando
“More than a dozen children were injured in a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon, and at least two people were dead, Uvalde Memorial Hospital said.”— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) May 24, 2022
Horrifying — when will enough be enough? https://t.co/rH3tYuTk2T
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Heidi & I are fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 24, 2022
We are in close contact with local officials, but the precise details are still unfolding.
Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
We are heartbroken to see the tragic news coming out of Uvalde, Texas today. While there are still a lot of unknowns, we recognize that no family should ever have to be faced with events like this. Our agency is praying for the victims, their families, and the community.— Seminole County S.O. (@SeminoleSO) May 24, 2022
U.S. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
President Biden has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available.— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) May 24, 2022
Former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson
It’s impossible not to feel the heavy weight of recent events across our nation – with Americans murdered while shopping at a Buffalo supermarket, while attending a Taiwanese Presbyterian church in Laguna Woods, and yesterday at an elementary school in Uvalde.— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) May 25, 2022
American professional basketball player LeBron James
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX! Like when is enough enough man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously "AT SCHOOL" where it's suppose to be the safest!— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 24, 2022