A shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, killed at least eight people Friday morning and injured one police officer.
As politicians reacted to the horror with tweets and statements offering variations of the now-standard “thoughts and prayers,” another perspective from Parkland school shooting survivors emerged, one with a far sharper tone.
They responded both to the Santa Fe High School shooting ― and to the politicians who they accuse of enabling it ― with unabashed candor.
For the record, here’s what President Donald Trump had to say:
School shooting in Texas. Early reports not looking good. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
And here some reactions from Parkland shooting survivors:
Get ready for two weeks of media coverage of politicians acting like they give a shit when in reality they just want to boost their approval ratings before midterms.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe High, you didn’t deserve this. You deserve peace all your lives, not just after a tombstone saying that is put over you. You deserve more than Thoughts and Prayers, and after supporting us by walking out we will be there to support you by raising up your voices.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) May 18, 2018
At least 8 students have been shot and killed at Santa Fe High School.Prepare to watch the NRA boast about getting higher donations.Prepare to see students rise up and be called ‘civil terrorists’ and crisis actors.Prepare for the right-wing media to attack the survivors.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) May 18, 2018
My heart is so heavy for the students of Santa Fe High School. It’s an all too familiar feeling no one should have to experience. I am so sorry this epidemic touched your town – Parkland will stand with you now and forever. pic.twitter.com/ckVPxYi6qz
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) May 18, 2018
My heart is with everyone at Santa Fe High School. No student should have to fear for their life. No student should have to run from a shooter. No student should have to bury their friends. We are here for you.
— Sofie Whitney (@sofiewhitney) May 18, 2018
— Lex Michael (@lexforchange) May 18, 2018
Hoping things get better. Hoping things can change. Don’t tell me that there isn’t a shooting problem in this country. The perpetuating gun violence we face is ridiculous. https://t.co/dHeXH5Fo9B
— Alex Wind (@al3xw1nd) May 18, 2018