Santa Fe school district struck by mass shooting gets grant

President Donald Trump waves before boarding Air Force One to depart for travel to Texas from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

President Donald Trump waves before boarding Air Force One to depart for travel to Texas from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

More than 300 seniors at the Southeast Texas high school have received their diplomas with memories of a deadly mass shooting fresh in their minds.

President Trump's visit comes almost two weeks after the May 18 shooting at Texas' Santa Fe High School that killed ten people and injured 13 others.

"These events are very tragic, whenever they happen".

After losing their beloveds, that too at such a young age, one can just imagine what the families of the victims must have gone through - which brings us back to the question why would the president even remotely consider meeting such grief-stricken parents as a "fun" activity?

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meeting, which was closed to reporters.

After meeting with superintendents, administrators and law enforcement officials on May 22, Abbott issued a security plan May 30 announcing new "safety practices laws" that must be added to change existing ones - a plan that is said to stop at nothing to protect teachers and students.

"In addition, the state should create a pathway for our veterans - many of whom have extensive firearm training - to help protect our schools through a modified school marshal program that ensures they have the appropriate training to transition their expertise into the campus environment", Hawkins noted.

The president's visit comes as we're learning more about what now appears to be a premeditated murder plot in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican and a staunch gun-rights supporter, has called for schools to have more armed personnel and said they should put greater focus on spotting student mental health problems. The Santa Fe shooter had taken the guns he used - a shotgun and a revolver - from his dad. These were necessary elements to Graduation Day, Santa Fe High School, 2018, in the country of the gun.

As the Parkland students became vocal advocates for gun control, embracing their public positions as few school survivors had before, Trump quickly became a focal point for their anger. First responders were recognized.

Thursday's interaction was not the first time Trump's ability as so-called comforter-in-chief has been called into question.

But there have been moments when Trump has displayed a softer side.

At Wednesday's White House briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got emotional when a 13-year-old student journalist representing "Time For Kids", asked Sanders what the administration is doing to improve school safety.

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