Witness describes chaos at Sante Fe High School.
Witness describes chaos at Sante Fe High School.
Reactions from Capitol Hill are pouring in after reports that at least 10 people were killed in a shooting at a Texas high school early Friday — with President Trump adding “early reports not looking good.”
A suspected shooter was taken into custody after allegedly opening fire inside a first-period art class at Santa Fe High School, located about 30 miles southeast of Houston, KRIV-TV reports.
Trump addressed the school shooting shortly after news broke that there were multiple casualties.
“We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack,” Trump said. “To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High, we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever.”
We grieve for the terrible loss of life, and send our support and love to everyone affected by this horrible attack in Texas. To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High School – we are with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever… pic.twitter.com/LtJ0D29Hsv
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in memory of those who died. In the letter issuing the directive, the Republican governor said he and his wife “extend our prayers of comfort to the survivors and the families of the victims and we will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz expressed his prayers to the students, faculty and first responders.
Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene. Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials. https://t.co/5Un3Y4IA86
Sen. John Cornyn, who represents Texas, said he’s been in contact with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department and has been receiving updates.
Just talked to Galveston County Sheriff’s Department for update on Santa Fe High School shooting. Local, state and federal authorities on scene.
“My thoughts are with the community of Santa Fe,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, said in a tweet. “All Texans are thinking of the students, teachers and administrators within the Santa Fe ISD, and the law enforcement officers who are quickly responding.”
My thoughts are with the community of Santa Fe. All Texans are thinking of the students, teachers, and administrators within the Santa Fe ISD, and the law enforcement officers who are quickly responding.
The Texas attorney general’s office said it “stands ready to assist in any way necessary.”
“Please pray for the victims’ families, as well as the teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officers working on the scene now,” the office said.
We are carefully monitoring the situation in Santa Fe. This agency stands ready to assist in any way necessary. Please pray for the victims’ families, as well as teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officers actively working on the scene now.
“Our hearts are with Santa Fe High School this morning,” Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, added. “Thank you to our emergency responders who are answering the call.”
Our hearts are with Santa Fe High School this morning. I am following the situation as more details develop. Thank you to our emergency responders who are answering the call. https://t.co/7i0xd5IyW8
Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine noted the number of school shootings that have occurred this year and this week alone.
“How many times must our hearts break hearing news like this — this time in Texas at [Santa Fe High School]? This has to stop,” the Virginia senator said in a tweet.
22 school shootings in 2018.
3 in the last week.
How many times must our hearts break hearing news like this – this time in Texas, at #SantaFeHighSchool?
This has to stop.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., also said, “This has to stop.”
“We shouldn’t accept a reality where phrases like ‘another school shooting’ are just part of daily life,” he continued. “My heart is with the people of Santa Fe, because these kids and their families are going through hell.”
We shouldn’t accept a reality where phrases like “another school shooting” are just part of daily life. My heart is with the people of Santa Fe, because these kids and their families are going through hell. But frankly, that doesn’t feel like it’s enough. This has got to stop.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said “Congress is complicit.”
“More tragic bloodshed & heartbreak caused by cruel gun violence,” he added.
More tragic bloodshed&heartbreak caused by cruel gun violence. Congress is complicit.
Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, said he was “praying for Santa Fe.”
My office and I are following the situation closely, and offering assistance and support. Praying for Santa Fe. https://t.co/zYin6eRiwE
“This just has to stop. They are kids,” Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii said.
This just has to stop. They are kids.
“This is a senseless tragedy,” Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said in a tweet. “I join the nation in grieving the loss of life & thanking our courageous law enforcement for their quick response on the scene.”
This is a senseless tragedy. I join the nation in grieving the loss of life & thanking our courageous law enforcement for their quick response on the scene. #SantaFe
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., too, thanked the first responders. He said his “heart goes out to the victims and their families.”
God bless the first responders working to secure the area at Santa Fe High School in Texas. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.
“Terribly saddened by the news from Santa Fe High School in Texas,” Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said. “Our prayers are with the victims, families, first responders and all those affected by this tragedy.”
Terribly saddened by the news from Santa Fe High School in Texas. Our prayers are with the victims, families, first responders and all those affected by this tragedy.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said students and parents nationwide are looking to Congress for a solution to these shootings.
“This is absolutely heartbreaking,” he said. “We’ve got a real problem in this country, and we must do more to prevent these tragedies from happening.”
This is absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve got a real problem in this country, and we must do more to prevent these tragedies from happening. Students and parents across the country are counting on us. https://t.co/O2rM3Uuklv
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “All Americans grieve for those whose lives were stolen by this tragedy, and our prayers are with the families and loved ones of who have been wounded.”
“Children should never have to fear for their lives in a school classroom. Millions of young people are raising their voices and bravely, eloquently insisting on action to end the gun violence epidemic,” the California Democrat said. “Congress must show as much courage as they have, and act now to ensure that no other community or family must endure the unthinkable horror of gun violence.”
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Federal Commission on School Safety is “working to identify proven ways to prevent violence and keep our students safe at school.” She said the “underlying issues that lead to such tragic and senseless loss of life” need to be addressed.
“No student should have to experience the trauma suffered by so many today and in similar events prior,” DeVos said in a statement. “We simply cannot allow this trend to continue.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan called on the implementation of reforms passed by Congress to keep deadly weapons from “those who should not have them.”
“No community should have to endure this. It is a tragedy,” he said.
Read on for more reactions from lawmakers.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: You are right, the reports in Texas are not good.
What are you going to do about the epidemic of school shootings on your watch? Your party controls the White House, Senate and House. Just praying isn’t working. https://t.co/3undbnXfZG
The news of another school shooting, this time in Texas, is appalling. I’m thankful for the quick response of first responders, who showed extraordinary bravery.
Another piece of our heart was torn out of us this morning. To the grieving families and survivors, please know that all of us South Florida are here for you. Just like the families and communities of Columbine and Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook and Dunblane have been with us.
It’s not too soon. It’s too late.
For at least 8 families. For thousands more student-survivors at Santa Fe High School. @SpeakerRyan, you’ve had 3 months since our meeting to ready universal background checks for the floor.
How many more?
Praying for the students, families and first responders of #SantaFe.
.@realDonaldTrump DO SOMETHING
Andrew M. Cuomo
Father of Cara, Mariah and Michaela
Governor of New York
NRA “F” Rated Elected Official pic.twitter.com/e19h8hQkGE
As soon as we see the name of a high school trending, we know it’s a school shooting. This isn’t normal and none of us should accept it as normal. #SantaFeHighSchool
Heartbreaking news from Santa Fe, TX of yet another school shooting. I’m deeply saddened for victims, their loved ones and & entire Santa Fe community. I cannot imagine the anxiety & fear students, teachers across the country face every day wondering if their school will be next
Tragedy today at Santa Fe High School. Praying for the students, families, first responders and the entire community.
How many more school shootings will we have before Speaker Ryan allows a vote on common sense gun violence prevention legislation. #fedup
From Parkland, FL, to Santa Fe, TX, our children shouldn’t have to live in an America where going to school is deadlier than going to war. #EnoughIsEnough with gun violence in our country, we must take action. https://t.co/Mm2QQgIZbO
While all the details in #SantaFe are unknown, it is painfully clear all Americans need to come together and tackle the root causes of this horrific violence.
I am deeply saddened by the devastating school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Ann and I offer our prayers and condolences to everyone affected.
I call on the Speaker to bring to the floor a range of protections for our citizens.
Deeply saddened by yet another school shooting. Congress must act to keep our communities, our schools and our children safe. Words of condolence are not enough. #SantaFe
Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.
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