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After Shooting, Trump Speaks Directly To Children: ‘You Are Never Alone’

By  Joseph Curl

President Trump on Thursday addressed the nation about the tragic school shooting in Florida, and in an unusual move, delivered a message directly to young Americans.

“I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared,” the president said from the White House. “I want you to know that you are never alone — and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer or a faith leader.

“Answer hate with love, answer cruelty with kindness. We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.”

Trump said that his administration is working with state and local officials on the case. And he announced that he will soon visit Parkland, Florida, site of the shooting at a high school which left 17 dead and 14 wounded. Five remain in critical condition, he said.

“Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil. 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.

“Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them, a life filled with wonders, beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world.Today we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. We comfort the grieving and the wounded and we hurt for the entire community of Parkland, Florida, that is now in shock and pain and searching for answers.

“To law enforcement, first responders and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger, we thank you for your courage,” the president said.

Trump said shortly after the shooting, he spoke with Gov. Tim Scott to “convey our deepest sympathies.”

“In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold onto God’s word in scripture ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.’ We trust in that promise and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.”

Trump also said his administration is “committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” He said that later this month he will meet with governors and attorneys general about “making our schools and children safer will be our top priorities.”

“It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we’re making a difference, we must actually make that difference. In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need. And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.”

Earlier on Thursday, Trump sent out this tweet:

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