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In This particular image taken through video emergency personnel along with law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.
The student said she did not get a not bad look at the shooter because she was running away. She said students escaped through a door at the back of the classroom.
Authorities did not immediately confirm that will report.
Vice President Mike Pence said he along with President Donald Trump were briefed on the shooting. Pence said the students, families, teachers along with all those affected should know: “‘We’re with you. You’re in our prayers along with I know you are inside the prayers of the American people.”
Trump added in a tweet that will that will early reports were “not looking not bad. God bless all!”
@realDonaldTrump: We grieve for the terrible loss of life, along with send our support along with love to everyone affected by This particular horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers along with personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in This particular tragic hour, along with we will be with you forever…
Trump has ordered that will U.S. flags fly at half-staff as a mark of “solemn respect” for those affected by the school shooting.
Flags are to be flown at half-staff until sunset on May 22. The order applies to the White House along with all public buildings along with grounds, military posts along with naval stations along with vessels, as well as at U.S. embassies, consular offices along with various other facilities abroad. The flag atop the White House was immediately lowered on Friday.
First lady Melania Trump also weighed in on Twitter, saying her “heart goes out to Santa Fe along with all of Texas today.”
The shooting was all nevertheless certain to re-ignite the national debate over gun regulations. inside the aftermath of the Feb. 14 attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, survivors pulled all-nighters, petitioned city councils along with state lawmakers, along with organized protests in a grass-roots movement.
Within weeks, state lawmakers adopted improvements, including brand new weapons restrictions. The move cemented the gun-friendly state’s break with the National Rifle Association. The NRA fought back using a lawsuit.
In late March, the teens spearheaded one of the largest student protest marches since Vietnam in Washington along with inspired hundreds of various other marches through California to Japan.
Parkland survivors took to social media to express outrage along with heartbreak over the Texas attack.
“My heart is usually so heavy for the students of Santa Fe High School. the idea’s an all too familiar feeling no one should have to experience. I am so sorry This particular epidemic touched your town — Parkland will stand with you at This particular point along with forever,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Jaclyn Corin said in a tweet.
She also directed her frustration at Trump, writing “Our children are being MURDERED along with you’re treating This particular like a game. This particular is usually the 22nd school shooting just This particular year. DO SOMETHING.”
The calls for tighter gun controls that will have swelled since the February mass shooting at a Florida high school have barely registered in gun-loving Texas — at least to This particular point.
Texas has some of the country’s most permissive gun laws along with just hosted the NRA’s annual conference earlier This particular month. inside the run-up to Texas’ march primaries, gun control was not a main issue with candidates of either party. Republicans did not soften their views on guns, along with Democrats campaigned on a range of issues instead of zeroing in on gun violence.
— CNBC.com contributed to This particular report.