Survivors and families affected by school shootings gathered at the White House Wednesday to speak with President Trump.
Trump gathered the families and students in the State Dining Room at the White House and listened as participants took turns on the microphone. Students at Stoneman Douglas High School have been at the forefront of the gun debate, with some criticizing Trump and Republicans for not doing enough to stop school shootings.
However, at the White House Wednesday, criticism was non-existent for the president.
One student, Jonathan, told Trump, “Thank you for everything. You’ve done a great job. I like the direction you’re going in.”
Hello. I’m Jonathan. I go to Stoneman Douglas. I was actually in the second classroom that was shot at. In my mind, as a kid nothing that horrible should ever have to happen to you. You can’t even think about it. It doesn’t even seem real still. Everything seems fake. I can’t even — I don’t know what is going on. It’s just crazy. Everything happening. It’s just so tragic. Thank you for everything. You’ve done a great job. I like the direction you’re going in. Thank you.
Another student, Ariana, told Trump, “I would like to say thank you for leading this country. You’re a great leader. I appreciate your direction that the country is going in.”
My name is Ariana. I would like to say thank you for leading this country. You’re a great leader. I appreciate your direction that the country is going in. I’m a junior. I attended Stoneman Douglas. I want to say that everybody right now is so stuck on what they believe, that they’re not listening to what other people believe. We need to listen to the other points of views. We all need to realize that we all have different points of views and that we need — this solution is not a singular thing.
It’s going to be multifaceted and created by a collection of different people working together. We all have to realize that we all have our opinions and together we’re going to be able to work to a solution. This is not just parkland’s anymore. This is America. This is every student and every city and everywhere. It’s everybody. It’s not small. It’s everything. Thank you for having us.