The Parkland school in Florida shooting sent shockwaves around the world last week. It was the 30th mass shooting in the first 45 days of 2018 for the US, and since then, people have been calling for President Trump to take action so that such an atrocity never happens again.
Carried out by former pupil 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, it claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members.
Prior to the shooting, Cruz had already been reported to the FBI for claiming that he was going to become “a professional school shooter” in a YouTube comment under the name “nikolas cruz”. Despite posting it under his own name, the comment was not traced back to him.
Shockingly, the FBI was given a second opportunity to stop Cruz in January when their hotline received a tip-off that he had issued a death threat, but once again, nothing was done and it was not passed onto the relevant office in Miami.
One of the students who was injured in the shooting, Samantha Fuentes, a senior, received a phone call from the president while she was in hospital. Instead of comforting her as she recovered, however, she said that it “didn’t make me feel better in the slightest.”
During the shooting, the 18-year-old was shot in both legs and had shrapnel lodged behind her right eye.
“He said he heard that I was a big fan of his, and then he said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours too.’ I’m pretty sure he made that up,” she told The New York Times. “Talking to the president, I’ve never been so unimpressed by a person in my life.”
Fuentes said that the president referred to Cruz, pictured below, as “sick puppy” and repeatedly said “‘oh boy, oh boy, oh boy,’ like seven times.”
Trump’s phone call with Fuentes wasn’t the only thing that he was criticized for after the shooting.
During his meeting with survivors, Trump was holding a piece of paper with notes to remind him what to say that was highly criticized on Twitter. The notes were written on White House letterhead and captured by photographer Chip Somodevilla.
The notes began with the question, “What would you most want me to know about your experience?”
“Still amazed that he had to leave himself tips for acting human,” wrote Parker Molloy.
Daniel Rubin added, “Since when do we need written reminders to show how much we care? Scripted emotions are fake. Sad!”
“While meeting with some of the victims from the Parkland school shooting Trump had a note of reminders of things to say. One of them: I hear you. Really??? You have to be reminded to care? SMDH (sic),” continued Olivia Munn.
The president, however, was defended by some Twitter users who pointed out that bringing notes to an event like that was not out of the ordinary behavior for a politician.
“BREAKING: When meeting with public/constituents, politicians often use notes prepared by staff. I mean, seriously, folks. This is one of the more normal things Donald Trump has done. Not a big deal,” wrote Robert George.
While a solution to the gun problem has yet to be reached, if nothing else, President Trump’s actions show that he is at least trying to find a solution to a problem which has claimed far too many lives. No child should be unsafe while trying to get an education.
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to all those affected by the Parkland shooting