One year after Parkland horror, tributes to victims pour in
Tributes poured in to the victims of the deadly mass shooting a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Thursday, one year after the massacre there.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime, was among the 17 killed at Stoneman Douglas, posted a heartbreaking message to his slain child on Twitter.
“It was not supposed to be the the last time I would see Jaime,” he added. “For those who still want to deny the reality of gun violence, my daughter IS Jaime Guttenberg. I will be visiting her today at the cemetery. Jaime, I love you forever and miss you every second of every day.”
President Trump issued a lengthy statement to honor those killed and to “recommit to ensuring the safety of all Americans, especially our Nation’s children.”
Trump’s “Presidential Message on School Safety” also recounted what his administration did in response to the shootings, including a ban on bump stocks and a report from the Federal Commission on School Safety. (The 180-page report, issued in December, was criticized for downplaying the role of guns.)
Former President Barack Obama posted a message to Twitter praising the Parkland students-turned-activists.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directed her Twitter followers to a story by Marjory Stoneman Douglas students published in the Miami Herald.
Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a mass shooting survivor turned prominent gun control activist, urged her Twitter followers not to forget the victims of the massacre.
At Stoneman Douglas High, students participated in a moment of silence and ceremony honoring those killed. They were also given an early dismissal for a “day of service and love.”
Jaclyn Corin, one of the students who helped launch the March For Our Lives campaign following the killings, expressed her grief in a short tweet.
David Hogg, one of the most visible members of March for Our Lives, tweeted on Wednesday that he would be “taking a break from Twitter for the next 3 days.”
Likewise, the campaign itself said it planned to honor the victims by “going dark – both online and offline” through Feb. 17.
“During that time, if past trends continue, around 400 people in the U.S. will likely be shot to death,” the group said.
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