President Trump has ordered American flags to be flown at half staff to recognize the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. He will address the nation on the tragedy at 11 a.m.
JUST IN: President Trump orders all American flags in the US and around the world to be flown at half-staff in honor of the Florida school mass shooting victims. pic.twitter.com/eOBZfeeUWg— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 15, 2018
House Speaker Paul Ryan has ordered U.S. Capitol flags to be lowered as well.
Speaker Ryan has ordered the U.S. Capitol flags to be lowered in honor of the victims of the #Parkland shooting.— AshLee Strong (@AshLeeStrong) February 15, 2018
The president has also shared his prayers and condolences with the shattered community.
My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018
Seventeen people died Wednesday after a former student went on a shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15. The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was taken into custody.
Reports suggest that the shooter had a pattern of disturbing behavior that was known to those around him. Trump urged citizens to take the necessary steps to report any suspicious activity in the future.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018