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Trump sends ‘prayers and condolences’ to victims of Florida school shooting, offers assistance

President Trump has spoken with Gov. Rick Scott.
n this frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV, students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., evacuate the school following a shooting there on Feb. 14, 2018. (AP)
n this frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV, students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., evacuate the school following a shooting there on Feb. 14, 2018. (AP)
Published Feb. 14, 2018
Updated Feb. 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has been briefed on the school shooting in Florida and has offered any federal assistance needed, the White House said.

"The President has spoken with Governor Scott of Florida and offered federal assistance if needed. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen also spoke with Governor Scott as well as state and local officials," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

"She has briefed the President on those conversations. The Governor, the Secretary, and other Administration officials will continue to keep the President updated.

"In light of this tragedy there will not be a regularly scheduled briefing as previously announced. We will inform you as more information is available. We continue to keep the victims, and their friends and family, in our thoughts and prayers."

Sen. Marco Rubio:

"A mass shooting at one of Florida's schools is a day you pray will never come. Jeanette and I are devastated and saddened by today's inexplicable tragedy at Broward County's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We join millions of Americans in praying for the victims, their families and all the students and teachers impacted by today's events. We are grateful to the emergency responders, law enforcement officials, nurses and doctors who assisted the victims of today's tragedy. Over the next few hours and days we will learn more about why and how this killer carried out this carnage. My office and I remain ready to assist state and local officials and anyone impacted by this horrible tragedy."

Rep. Al Lawson:

"My heart breaks for the teachers and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following today's mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Our children go to school to learn, but are now faced with this reoccurring epidemic. It is unfortunate we are at this place again, and these senseless tragedies are happening far too often. There have been multiple school shootings in just the last two months and it is imperative that we do more to keep our children safe. Gun violence should not be tolerated and our government has to do its part by providing resources and proper security measures to ensure the safety of our children.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims' families and the entire Broward County community."

Rep. Alcee Hastings:

(Washington, D.C.) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting in Parkland, FL:

"Our worst fears have been realized, and our community has been left shattered. The lives of 17 innocent individuals have been ripped away from us in a cowardly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I am heartbroken tonight and without words.

"I am so grateful to all of the first responders who acted selflessly and without hesitation to prevent further loss of life, and am thankful for the teachers who did everything possible to keep their students safe.

"There is nothing I can say that will bring consolation to the families of the victims, nor to our community. I can only pledge that I will meet this tragedy with the fiercest of resolve. There have been 18 school shootings since the start of the year. This is not normal. This is not natural. This is not, and can never be, the cost of living in America.

"The stranglehold of the gun lobby has gone on long enough. They have divided our country and washed their hands of responsibility, even as schools and neighborhoods bear the brunt of gun violence every single day. I am sick and tired of feeling the heartbreak of communities ripped apart by this violence.

"I demand that President Trump takes decisive action to get guns off our streets. Democrats in Congress have tried and been blocked by Republicans, time and time again. This cannot be allowed to continue. The President is the leader of our country, and he must step up and tell his party that the time for inaction is over.  We must end the violence, and we must take every step possible to make our schools and communities a safe place."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

"As a Broward County resident for nearly 30 years and an elected official for most of that time, my heart breaks for the victims, their families, friends, and loved ones. As a parent of a Broward County high school student, and as someone with friends whose children attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it is gut wrenching that another senseless school shooting has occurred, this time in our community.

"In the United States of America, it is simply unacceptable that we allow children to run for their lives with their backpacks on. Unacceptable that we allow parents to fear for the worst while they wait to hear back from their kids, and unacceptable that we allow survivors of school shootings to live with a trauma that can never be explained away.

"I stand with my community and our families and ask all Americans to keep the parents, siblings, spouses and loved ones in their prayers this evening. No American anywhere should have to feel the pain that Broward County feels today, and too many communities have felt across our country countless times before. We must do something about this senseless epidemic of gun violence and we must do it now."

Rep. Ted Deuch:

"Today was a horrible day for Parkland, South Florida, and our nation. We are grateful for our first responders, local, state and federal law enforcement, and especially the teachers and staff who heroically fought to protect their students. We mourn the lives taken, and we will be here as a community for the families and for one another."

Rep. Darren Soto:

"It never gets easier to bear the news of a school shooting in America. It devastates me, along with our community, that children faced such horror in their schools today. This senseless shooting claimed the innocent lives of 17 and injured many.

"We're especially grateful for all of the brave law enforcement officers who risked their lives today, and every day, for our safety.

"I spoke with the FBI today and offered my support on providing federal resources as necessary. During my time in the Florida legislation, I supported funds for more school safety officers in all Florida schools, increasing the response time for scenarios like these. And in Congress, I will continue to fight for sensible gun safety legislation."