At least 18 students and an adult were killedIn Ovaldi, Texas, Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday. Many prominent figures – from politicians to celebrities – have responded to the tragic shooting on social media.
First Lady Jill Biden “God, enough. Little kids and their teacher. Amazed. Angry. Heartbroken.” chirp.
Speaking Tuesday night at Vice President Kamala Harris’ eventThey called for policy changes to be made to ensure this does not happen again.
“I usually say in a moment like this—we all say, of course, that our hearts are breaking. But our hearts are constantly breaking,” Harris said. “You know, I think—there are a lot of elected leaders in this room, you know what I’m talking about: Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts are broken—and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families. And yet it keeps happening.”
Former President Barack Obama: “God bless the memory of the victims and, according to the Bible, heal the brokenhearted, and bind their wounds.” chirp.
Former President Bill Clinton also shared a statment On Twitter, he said his heart “breaks for the families who sent their children and loved ones to school today at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, whose lives will never be the same.”
“The time for action has come,” he added.
Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chirp: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. After years of nothing else, we have become a nation of scream-stricken. We simply need legislators willing to stop the scourge of gun violence in America that is killing our children.”
Texas Governor nominee Beto O’Rourke, who previously served as United States Representative and ran for President in 2020, chirp: “Our broken hearts are with Ovaldi.” He also retweeted a University Healthcare message about from shooting.
“Children went to school today and were killed in a mass shooting. Another American community has been shattered by gun violence,” said Senator Cory Booker chirp. “Another round of thoughts and prayers. It’s hollow words if we continue to do nothing to end the relentless and preventable violent shootings in our county.”
Many called for more than thoughts and prayers – and instead demanded action from the US government.
“Sorrow fills the soul. Children are slaughtered. Lives are extinguished. Parents’ hearts are broken. Incomprehensible.” Senator Mitt Romney chirp. “I offer my prayers and condolences but I know they are blatantly inadequate. We must find answers.”
“14 kids and teacher killed in Texas elementary school shooting,” former RNC President Michael Steele chirp. “Once again, another school shooting. Once again, parents will have lost a child. Once again, politicians will offer their ‘shock’ and ‘pray’. We will move on in a week. Again.”
David Hogg, who was a student at ParklandWhen a gunman opened fire in 2018, killing 17, he also returned fire on Tuesday.
“We need to do something. We know what we don’t agree on, we need to focus on what we can do even if it’s small”, chirp. “No more discussion or ideas and prayers. We need bipartisan action.”
Many celebrities also reacted to the tragedy.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the loved ones who were lost and injured at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas!” LeBron James chirp. “Like when a man is enough!!! These are kids and we keep doing them harm at school. Like ‘at school’ seriously where you’re supposed to be the safest!”
“You must stop man…praying for all the families in Texas,” chirp Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“Prayers for the people of Texas, these are kids who were killed, this world needs God,” rapper Offset chirp.
The shooter was also killed, according to Abbott, who Command The state flag is raised over half of the staff.
President Biden also ordered the American flag to be flown with half of the staff until May 28. He is expected to do soAbout shooting later Tuesday night.