“For high school students in Florida today, the normalcy of afternoon classes was replaced with horror and trauma. Authorities are still piecing together the details of what took place, but what is certain is that the lives of dozens, if not hundreds, of people will be forever scarred by the actions taken by a former student of the school.
“Today we grieve and stand with the parents, students and all those who were touched by the senseless act of violence in today’s school shooting in Florida. This tragedy, like so many before, highlights the glaring need for our country to better understand and address mental health issues. I agree with Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie who said mental health issues, ‘need to be addressed within our school systems as well as the broader society to make sure these tragedies don’t continue.’ To prevent these atrocities we must identify and reach out to those who need our caring intervention, guiding them to healing and away from potentially harmful decisions. For today, though, we must focus our efforts on comforting the brokenhearted and those traumatized by the evil they encountered.”
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