PARKLAND, Fla. — President Donald Trump on Thursday, Feb. 15 spoke directly to schoolchildren, teachers and families across the country in the wake of the Florida school shooting, saying the nation is “in grief.” President Trump announced a plan to visit Parkland, Fla., — the site of the school shooting that killed at least 17 on Valentine’s Day.
“My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief,” President Trump said. “Our entire nation with one heavy heart is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you, whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family and your suffering is our burden also. No child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.”
Earlier Thursday, President Trump highlighted the apparent mental instability of the gunman.
“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!” President Trump tweeted.
He also offered condolences on Twitter Wednesday in the aftermath of the massacre and issued a statement ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday morning.
President Trump’s aides are in the initial planning stages of a visit to the Parkland community over the weekend when he’s staying at Mar-a-Lago, less than 50 miles away from the shooting scene, the official said. A second official said the White House wants to determine if a presidential visit would hamper law enforcement efforts before making a final decision.