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May 24, 2022 – Deadly shooting at Texas elementary school

Video shows scene outside of elementary school shooting in Texas

What we know so far

  • At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday afternoon, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
  • The suspect, an 18-year-old student at Uvalde High School, is dead, officials said.
  • Uvalde is about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
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Mexico providing consular assistance in wake of school shooting

The Mexican government is providing consular assistance in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, which is located roughly 50 miles from the US-Mexico border.

In a statement from Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations, the government “condemns this act of violence that has cost children’s lives and devastated families in a predominantly Hispanic town.”

“The Mexican consulate in Eagle Pass is in contact with the police in order to identify any Mexican victims,” the statement said.
“In addition, the consulate in Eagle Pass and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio are in communication with the hospitals to which the injured were taken to learn if there are any Mexican citizens among them.”

Shooter worked at a local Wendy's

Uvalde school shooter Salvador Ramos worked the day shift at a local Wendy’s, a manager at the restaurant told CNN.

Adrian Mendes, evening manager at the Wendy’s, said Ramos “kept to himself mostly.”

“He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn’t say much. He didn’t really socialize with the other employees,” Mendes said.
“He just worked, got paid, and came in to get his check.”

Mendes didn’t know Ramos on a personal level and didn’t see him most of the time because they were on different shifts, he said. Ramos worked from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., five days a week, and was already working there when Mendes started in February, he said.

CBP commissioner calls school shooting a "senseless tragedy"

The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School was a “senseless tragedy,” the US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.

“On behalf of the entire CBP workforce, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims from today’s horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.”

“CBP responded immediately to the incident with local law enforcement. Many of our local CBP personnel live in Uvalde; they call this community home, and they work to protect their families, friends and neighbors every single day.
“We continue to coordinate closely with our federal, state and local partners in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy and will provide any further assistance needed.”

Earlier, DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said one Border Patrol agent was wounded as they responded to the shooting.

“Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives,” she said in a tweet.

Former classmate says shooter sent him photos of gun and ammunition before the attack

A former classmate of school shooter Salvador Ramos said the gunman texted him photos of a firearm he had and a bag full of ammunition days before the attack.

The friend, who did not want to be identified by name, said he was somewhat “close” to Ramos and would hear from him occasionally to play Xbox together.

“He would message me here and there, and four days ago he sent me a picture of the AR he was using … and a backpack full of 5.56 rounds, probably like seven mags.”
“I was like, ‘bro, why do you have this?’ and he was like, ‘Don’t worry about it,’” the friend said. 
“He proceeded to text me, ‘I look very different now. You wouldn’t recognize me,’” he added.

The friend said Ramos was taunted by others for the clothes he wore and his family’s financial situation, and eventually was seen less in class.

“He would, like, not go to school … and he just, like, slowly dropped out,” the friend said. “He barely came to school.”

He said that after his own graduation, he communicated with Ramos less. But every few months, Ramos would send a text or ask to play Xbox, he said.

Suspected gunman's grandmother in critical condition after being shot, DPS says

The grandmother of the suspected gunman is hospitalized in critical condition, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday.

The suspect is believed to have shot his grandmother before going to the school, three law enforcement sources told CNN. She was airlifted to hospital, Estrada said earlier Tuesday.

Instagram account linked to gunman posted images of weapons just days before school massacre

A photo of two AR15-style rifles appeared on an Instagram account tied to the suspected Uvalde shooter just three days before Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary school.  Part of the image has been obscured by CNN to remove the user name of a third party.

A photo of two AR15-style rifles appeared on an Instagram account tied to the suspected Uvalde shooter just three days before Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary school.

The photo was posted as a story under the username “salv8dor_.” Multiple classmates confirmed the account belonged to suspected gunman Salvador Ramos, who was shot dead by officers responding to the school shooting. 

Ramos’ TikTok page has only a single post – a clip of a Subway Surfers mobile game. The bio under his profile picture reads: “Kids be scared irl” or in real life.

Death toll rises to 19 students and 2 adults, Texas official says

The death toll has risen following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday.

The toll now stands at 21, with 19 students and two adults killed in the shooting, Estrada said.

The gunman was also killed in the shooting.

Father of Parkland school shooting victim: "We know the next one is going to happen because we haven’t done anything to fix it"

Fred Guttenberg is the father of Jaime, who was killed in the Parkland school shooting in 2018.

Fred Guttenberg’s daughter, Jaime, was one of 17 people killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

He spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, just hours after 18 children and one adult were killed in Uvalde, Texas.

“This has been a horrific day. It doesn’t matter how much time passes, it brings you right back to that minute. I can’t stop thinking about these families today who need to figure out how they’re going to bury their children, who need to figure out how they’re going to console their other children, who need to figure out how they’re going to deal with the reality that they had other children likely in that school who are going to have PTSD, who need to figure out a eulogy,” Guttenberg said.

Guttenberg said news of another shooting is infuriating “because all of these instances we know the next one is going to happen because we haven’t done anything to fix it.”

When asked what message he’d give to families in Uvalde, Guttenberg quoted something his rabbi told him at his daughter’s funeral: “We don’t move on, we move forward.”

“I want everyone to know that they are loved and that they are going to go forward. It’s what I call a ‘new normal,’” he said. “But the next few minutes, hours, days are going to be brutal.”

Border Patrol agents faced gunfire, "put themselves between the shooter and children," DHS says 

Border Patrol agents who responded to the deadly school shooting in Texas entered the school building and “faced gun fire from the subject, who was barricaded inside,” according to a DHS spokesperson.

“Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives,” spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said in a tweet.
“At least one Border Patrol Agent was wounded by the shooter during the exchange of gunfire,” she said. “On-and-off duty Border Patrol Agents arrived on the scene to assist with transferring students safely to their families and providing medical support.”

Read the full Twitter thread:

Biden's speech was "essentially, thoughts and prayers," Parkland shooting survivor says

Cameron Kasky, survivor of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting

Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, criticized President Biden’s response to Tuesday’s shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

“I hear a lot of people talking about Joe Biden’s personal life and the horrible personal loss he’s endured that obviously makes him a compassionate leader. But what does Joe Biden’s personal life have to do with the fact that there is currently a product that is being marketed to Americans by Republican senators and congressmen — and by Mr. Joe Manchin, who is a Democrat —You’ve got these guns that are being sold to Americans and sown into the American narrative as if they stand for freedom,” Kasky said on CNN.

He added that he appreciates the empathy that Biden displays but said the address was a disappointment for Americans who advocate for gun safety.

“Joe Biden goes up there and talks about how it’s horrible to lose a family member … and says that it’s bad that mass violence happens. It’s great that he thinks it’s bad. But I can tell you that gun control organizers, people who believe in gun safety, common-sense gun safety laws, around the country were waiting to hear the words ‘executive order’ and instead we heard the words, essentially, thoughts and prayers,” Kasky added.

Kasky noted that mass shootings have become a common occurrence in the United States.

“There’s a new one every single day. And that’s on a good day, because on the bad days there’s quite a few,” he said. “These students are going to go back into school soon and they are going to live lives and have childhoods and early adulthoods that are completely informed by this tragedy. From what I’ve seen with Parkland and with all these other horrible shootings, it changes people forever,” he added.

US attorney general calls deadly Texas school shooting an "act of unspeakable violence"

Attorney General Merrick Garland called today’s deadly school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, an “act of unspeakable violence” and said, “We join our fellow Americans in mourning this terrible loss and in their resolve to end this senseless violence.”

Read the full statement:

“Today, another mass shooting has taken the lives of innocent victims, including elementary school children and their teacher. This act of unspeakable violence has devastated an entire community and shaken our country. 
“FBI and ATF agents have responded to the scene, and the Justice Department is committed to providing our full support to our law enforcement partners on the ground in Texas and to the Uvalde community. 
“We join our fellow Americans in mourning this terrible loss and in their resolve to end this senseless violence.”

Biden asks lawmakers to "turn this pain into action" in emotional White House remarks

President Biden addressed the Texas school shooting in emotional remarks from the White House Tuesday evening, saying, “I had hoped when I became President I would not have to do this again.”

“There’s a lot we don’t know yet. There’s a lot we do know. Parents who will never see their child again, never have them jump in bed and cuddle with them. Parents who will never be the same. To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away,” said Biden, who has before spoken in deeply personal terms about the family tragedies he has endured.

Turning to the issue of gun control legislation, Biden implored lawmakers to “turn this pain into action” as he ticked through some of the mass shootings since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when he was vice president.

“I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage,” the President said, asking: “Why do we keep letting this happen?”

“Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with and stand up to the lobbies?” he said.

There have been more mass shootings than days in 2022

Tuesday, May 24, was the 144th day of the year.

There have so far been at least 212 mass shootings in 2022, according to the nonprofit organization Gun Violence Archive. This means there have been more mass shootings this year than there have been days in 2022.

CNN and the GVA define a mass shooting as a shooting that injured or killed four or more people, not including the shooter.

Obama: "Our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party"

Former President Barack Obama responded to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, by saying the United States “is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.”

Read Obama’s full statement:  

“Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies—and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space.”
“Michelle and I grieve with the families in Uvalde, who are experiencing pain no one should have to bear. We’re also angry for them. Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook—and ten days after Buffalo—our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.”
“It’s long past time for action, any kind of action. And it’s another tragedy—a quieter but no less tragic one—for families to wait another day. May God bless the memory of the victims, and in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.”

Biden says it's time to act: "Where in God's name is our backbone?"

In his remarks to the nation Tuesday, President Biden said on his 17-hour flight from Asia he wondered why mass shootings are so prevalent in America.

“They have mental health problems. They have domestic disputes in other countries. They have people who are lost. But these kinds of mass shootings don’t happen with the frequency they happen in America,” Biden said.

“Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with and stand up to the lobbyists,” Biden said.

Biden said it is time to “turn this pain into action” for the parents and citizens of the US.

“We have to make it clear to every elected official in this country it’s time to act,” he said.

"I'm sick and tired of it," Biden says of mass shootings as he calls for gun reform

While addressing the nation after Tuesday’s mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, President Biden remembered the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, and the others that have followed since.

“Since then, there have been over 900 incidents of gunfires reported on school grounds. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Santa Fe High School in Texas, Oxford High School in Michigan — list goes on and on. The list grows. When you include mass shootings in places like movie theaters, houses of worship, as we saw just 10 days ago at a grocery store in Buffalo New York,” he said.

He stressed the importance of “common-sense gun laws,” saying that not every tragedy can be prevented, but these laws can have a positive impact.

“The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong. What in God’s name do you need assault weapon for except to kill someone?” he said.

“Deer aren’t running through the forest with Kevlar vests on for God’s sake. It’s just sick,” he added.

Biden: "When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?"

President Biden addressed the nation from the White House tonight, opening his remarks by saying, “I had hoped, when I became President, I would not have to do this, again.”

He called today’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, “another massacre” in the US.

“Beautiful, innocent, second, third, fourth graders. And how many scores of little children who witness what happened, see their friends die, as if they’re on a battlefield for God’s sake,” Biden said.

The President said, “To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away.” He said the feeling is “suffocating.”

The President called on the nation to pray for the victims and “stand up to the gun lobby” in the wake of today’s events.

“So tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them, to give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel now. As a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

Watch full speech:


Biden helped craft tonight's speech "with Sandy Hook in mind"

President Biden insisted on delivering a speech to the nation tonight in the wake of the horrific Texas shooting, aides said, demanding to his White House advisers that he address the latest unspeakable slaughter of children in America.

As he flew back to Washington and worked on his speech aboard Air Force One, the President referred to the tragedy of Newtown – and the disappointing aftermath when Congress failed to pass any gun safety legislation.

Biden, who was vice president at the time of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was the point person for the Obama administration during that legislative push. He has often called that one of the biggest disappointments of his public life – unable to persuade enough senators to support even modest legislation.

The President helped write tonight’s speech “with Sandy Hook in mind,” a senior White House official said, “and his fervent belief that he cannot stop trying to push Congress.” 

NOW: President Biden speaks after 18 children killed in mass shooting

President Biden is addressing the nation after a shooter killed 18 children and one adult at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.

He just returned from a presidential trip to Asia, where he met Indo-Pacific leaders in a high-level summit.

Suspect was wearing tactical vest and crashed car before entering school, Texas DPS says

A police vehicle is seen parked near the truck believed to belong to the shooting suspect.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Tuesday there were two incidents involving the suspected gunman prior to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The first was the gunman shooting his grandmother, resulting in her being airlifted to a hospital, Estrada said.

The second incident was the suspect crashing a vehicle near the elementary school.

“The suspect did crash near a ditch nearby the school,” Estrada said. “That’s where he exited his vehicle with what I believe was a rifle and that’s when he attempted to enter the school where he was engaged by law enforcement. Unfortunately, he was able to enter the premises and then from there that’s when he entered several classrooms and started shooting his firearm.” 

Estrada went on to say the gunman was seen with a “long rifle and backpack.”

Estrada could not confirm what type of rifle the gunman had, but says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.

On Wednesday, DPS spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez clarified information about what the shooter was wearing. Olivarez told CNN that gunman was wearing “a tactical vest carrier with no ballistic panels; so typically those type of carriers are used by tactical teams, SWAT teams, where they can place magazines, extra ammunition inside those carriers and be able to move in a tactical formation.”

This post has been updated with new details about the gunman from authorities.

18 children killed in Texas school shooting, sergeant says

Eighteen children and one adult were killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, according to Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Estrada did not provide any other information on the victims.

Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier Tuesday “it is believed” that the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was killed by law enforcement. Estrada confirmed the suspect was killed.

Former President Bill Clinton calls for action on guns: "We owe these families" 

Former President Bill Clinton said in a statement on Tuesday that his heart breaks “for the families who sent their children and loved ones off to school today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, whose lives will now never be the same.”

The former president said the families struck by tragedy in in the city and a little over a week ago in Buffalo, New York, deserve action.

“We owe these families—and the families who have experienced similar losses, including as recently as last week in Buffalo—action. Enough is enough. The American people overwhelmingly agree. Our elected leaders at the local, state, and federal levels, regardless of party, must find common-sense ways to keep our children and communities safe. They can do so without touching the right to hunt, sport shoot, and keep guns for self-defense,” Clinton said.

“Propaganda and paranoia have kept us from helping each other on this for too long. We can do—and be—better.The time to act is now,” he continued.

See Bill Clinton’s full statement:

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says lawmakers opposing gun control "hold us hostage"

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called out lawmakers in Washington in a fiery speech about today’s school shooting ahead of tonight’s NBA playoff game between the Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks.

A fiery Kerr opened his remarks by telling the press “basketball questions don’t matter” right now. Kerr, while banging on the table he was seated at, said: “When are we going to do something?”

Kerr called out “50 senators who refuse to vote on HR-8,” a House bill that strengthens firearm background checks, claiming, “they won’t vote on it because they want to hold onto their own power.”

While calling out the senators, including referring to Republican leader Mitch McConnell by name, Kerr asked: “are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of our children, and elderly, and churchgoers?”

“50 senators in Washington are going to hold us hostage,” Kerr said.

“It’s pathetic, I’ve had enough,” he added.

Kerr said he was “fed up” and told those listening to think about their own family members and ask: “how would you feel if this happened to you today?”

“We can’t get numb to this.” the coach said before exiting the room.

Watch Kerr’s remarks here:

CNN’s Jill Martin contributed reporting to this post.

"We are heartbroken": Pro sports teams in Texas and beyond react to school shooting

Professional sports teams throughout Texas and beyond released statements reacting to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Read Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd’s statement:

In his scheduled pregame session with reporters, Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd read a statement on the school shooting:

“Before we start discussing basketball, tonight’s game, I’d like to say that our hearts go out to the victims and family of the horrific events in Uvalde, Texas,” Kidd said while reading off a sheet of paper ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in Dallas.
“We send our condolences to our fellow Texans and we’ll keep them in our hearts. We truly will play with heavy hearts tonight for the community, for the school of Robb Elementary School. Tough.”

Later during the session when asked how the Mavericks are preparing for the Golden State Warriors, Kidd said: “Yeah, it’s tough. You know, as coaches or fathers, we have kids. People in this room have kids. Elementary school. You just think about what could take place with any of your family or friends at a school.”

Kidd confirmed tonight’s game would not be canceled.

“But the news of what’s happening, not just here in Texas but throughout our country, is sad,” he said.

Read the Houston Texans statement:

Read the Dallas Cowboys statement:

Uvalde school superintendent: "The school year's done"

Dr. Hal Harrell, superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School Distric

Dr. Hal Harrell, superintendent of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, said that Uvalde district will cancel the rest of its school year, which was supposed to conclude in two days on Thursday.

“The school year’s done. We will have no school tomorrow or Thursday. All activities are canceled throughout the district,” Harrell said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Harrell said the district will provide “grief counseling and support at the civic center for our students” starting tomorrow at 10 a.m.

“This was a tragic, senseless event today and my heart is broke today, our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with all our families as we go through this day and days to come,” the superintendent said. 

Police are not looking for other suspects, Uvalde school official says

Police Chief Pete Arredondo of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District confirmed that the suspect in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School is dead.

“Let me assure you, the intruder is deceased, and we are not actively looking for another individual or any other suspects in this case,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

Meta takes down Instagram account possibly associated with gunman

Meta, formerly Facebook, said it is in contact with law enforcement following Tuesday’s mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.

A Meta spokesperson said it had removed an Instagram account circulating online that some had claimed belonged to the suspected gunman.

Meta did not confirm if the account is linked to the suspect.

Uvalde shooting suspect believed to have shot grandmother first before going to the school, sources tell CNN

The Texas school shooting suspect is believed to have shot his grandmother before going to the school, three law enforcement sources tell CNN.

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez told CNN the grandmother was airlifted to San Antonio and “is still holding on,” according to information he was given by the Texas Rangers.

“This young man shot his grandmother and fled that scene from that incident,” Gutierrez told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Earlier, the Texas governor said, “it is being reported that the subject shot his grandmother right before he went to the school.”

Republican senator warns against curbing gun rights in wake of Texas school shooting

GOP Sen. Thom Tillis warned Democrats against having a “reflexive reaction” in the wake of the Texas school shooting that left 15 people dead, by trying to pass laws that would impinge on Second Amendment rights, saying he is confident in the coming days it will be learned that there were “signs” the 18-year-old shooter was “at risk.”

“It’s horrible. And you know what we need to avoid is the reflexive reaction we have to say this could all be solved by not having guns in anyone’s hands. We can always talk about reasonable measures, but we also have to talk about better situational awareness. I’m almost certain that in the coming days or weeks, we’re going to find out that there were signs that this person was at risk, and we need to have an equal or greater attention on prevention and that’s a key part of it,” the North Carolina Republican told CNN.

Asked if there was a component of guns that could be part of the solution for the problem of mass shootings in the country, Tillis said “no.”

“What people immediately want to jump to are red flag laws. Virtually everyone that I’ve seen here has been one that sweep up law abiding gun owners into what I consider to be an overreach. So the question is can we can we actually get to policy that could make a difference, but not deny people their Second Amendment rights and give them due process? That’s what we talk about every time something like this comes up and that hopefully will be the discussion if we have one versus what could potentially be the plot of people going into their political corners, which I’ve seen every time something tragic event like this has happened and the seven and a half years I’ve been here.”

Texas school shooting is all too familiar for Newtown, Connecticut, as Sandy Hook families offer support

Erica Lafferty

The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is all too familiar to some residents of Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

One of them was Erica Lafferty’s mother.

“It is just all too familiar and completely devastating. As soon as I heard the news, my mind immediately went back” to the day of the Sandy Hook shooting, she told CNN. “These families in that community are walking into hell and there is definitely a network of people out there who have lived it, who are stepping up to support them … But it’s not going to just go away. Not for the families, not for the community. It’s life-changing. It’s devastating. It’s traumatizing, and every single time it happens, it brings it back like it was yesterday.”

The superintendent of the Newtown, Connecticut, school district offered prayers to the students, families and staff of the Uvalde school community Tuesday, saying she will reach out to the school to offer support during the difficult time.

In a message to staff and families, Superintendent Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue referenced the shooting at Robb Elementary School, noting the “horrific impact on their community.” She also said, out of an abundance of caution, there will be an enhanced police presence all Newtown schools.

“In Newtown, this news resonates with our students, staff, and families in ways many communities might not understand — and hopefully never will,” Rodrigue wrote in the letter. “I plan to alert our counseling teams at each of our schools, and particularly at Newtown High School, to be ready to respond to students who are upset, show signs of struggling with this event, or simply need to talk. In addition, we are working collaboratively with the Newtown Police, and in an abundance of caution there will be an enhanced police presence at all of our schools.”

Lafferty also told CNN about the loss she still experiences.

“I honestly can’t put it into words. There are days where all I hear or smell or see is my mom all around me. There are days I wake up and I can’t remember the sound of her voice or what her laugh sounded like. And I’m not quite sure which side of that is more painful,” she said.

As President Biden is expected to address the nation shortly, Lafferty expects him to promise action but points to the “harsh reality that one person cannot change anything.”

“I hope that we hear encouraging words, but it’s going to take more than thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers haven’t brought my dead mom back in the past near decade. It’s not going to bring back the people killed at the Robb Elementary School today,” she added. 

Vice President Kamala Harris: "Enough is enough"

Vice President Kamala Harris made remarks on the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, during the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 20th Annual Awards Gala in Washington, DC.

“The President and I are monitoring the situation closely. While we do not know all the details, we do know that there are parents who have lost children, families who have lost children and many others who have been injured,” Harris said.

The vice president said it’s natural for leaders to say “our hearts break,” but shootings keep happening over and over again.

“Our hearts keep getting broken … Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts break and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families. And, yet, it keeps happening,” Harris said.

“Enough is enough. As a nation we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure nothing like this ever happens again,” Harris continued. “People of Uvalde, please know that this is a room full leaders who grieve with you and we are praying for you and we stand with you.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tweeted earlier that President Biden had been briefed on the school shooting.

Biden plans to address the nation about the school shooting this evening at 8:15 p.m. ET from the White House, following his return from Asia.

NBA releases statement on school shooting ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals

The National Basketball Association (NBA) released a statement following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the victims’ family and friends, and the entire Robb Elementary School and Uvalde community,” the statement read.

The NBA’s statement comes just hours ahead of tip-off for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.

Read the NBA’s full statement: