Trump Takes Time from WH Event to Address Victims' Families in TX Shooting


President Donald Trump began a White House event concerning prison reform on Friday by taking a moment to acknowledge a high school shooting in Texas and ask God to be with the victims of the tragedy.

Fox News reported that at least eight people were killed and 12 others wounded in a shooting at Sante Fe High School near Houston around 8 a.m. CDT.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters a police officer who responded to the incident was injured.

A male suspect, believed to be a student, has been arrested, and a second student has been detained, according to CNN.

Prior to beginning his scheduled remarks, Trump took time to recognize the victims and their families.

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“Unfortunately, I have to begin by expressing our sadness and heartbreak over the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas took place moments ago,” Trump said.

“This has been going on too long in our country,” he continued. “Too many years, too many decades now.”

“We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack to the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High,” Trump stated. “We’re with you in this tragic hour and we will be with you forever.”

Trump pledged that his administration would do everything it can to protect students and keep guns out of the hands of those who could harm themselves or others.

“Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe,” the president said.

“May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims’ families. A very sad day, very, very sad,” he concluded.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted he is on his way to Sante Fe High School and was set to participate in a briefing at 1 p.m. CDT.

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz sent prayers for all those affected by the shooting.

Student Dakota Shrader told KPRC she heard gunshots after hearing an alarm in the school.

“I was in the history hallway, and as soon as we heard the alarms, everybody just started leaving following the same procedure as … (a) practice fire drill,” Shrader said, breaking into tears. “And next thing you know, we just hear … three gunshots, loud explosions, and all the teachers are telling us to run.”

“I just wanted to be safe,” she added. “I was scared for my life. Nobody should go through this. Nobody should feel that in school.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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