ST. LOUIS – St. Louis area leaders have responded to the tragedy in Texas.
Several leaders, including St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, and Missouri Governor Mike Parson, have all expressed their grief at the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, expressed. An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults Tuesday while going from classroom to classroom.
Page is expected to speak about the shooting Wednesday morning during comments about the potential expansion of mental health services in St. Louis County. Page spokesman Doug Moore said Page is expected to describe the shooting as “unfathomable.” Moore said kids should look forward to a summer of fun with their friends and family, but instead they must now try to process another mass school shooting and deal with the reality that kids, just days before summer break , were gunned down in their classrooms.
Parson addressed the tragedy in a comment Tuesday.
“Our hearts go out to all the families involved, all the victims involved. Needless killings, to say the least, and it doesn’t matter if it’s in Texas or a state or a locality, when innocent children lose their lives, we have to do a better job of protecting them,” Parson said.
Jones tweeted: “Parents should not have to worry about gun violence in the schools we send our children to. But another horrifying, senseless shooting has claimed more than 15 innocent lives and reminded us our babies aren’t even safe in the classroom The cannons that flood our streets — from Buffalo to St. Louis to Uvalde — are taking their horrific toll of the communities across the country #EndGunViolence in our neighborhoods.”
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said in a tweet, “It is heartbreaking and angry to hear the news of the elementary school students and their teacher who were gunned down in Texas. My prayers are with their families and my resolve is with all Americans working to end senseless gun violence wherever it occurs.”
More reactions are likely to come later on Wednesday.
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