A Twitter user identifying herself as a student at the Florida high school which was the scene of yesterday’s deadly shooting where 17 people were killed by gunman Nikolas Cruz, lashed out at President Trump on Twitter after he responded to news of the shooting.
Responding to Trump’s offer of “prayers and condolences” to the shooting’s victims, Twitter user @chaddiedabaddie, who is apparently a 16-year-old student at the high school where the shooting took place, called on Trump to take action on gun violence rather than the usual sentiments of sympathy that emanate from public figures in response to tragedies.
“I don’t want your condolences you fucking price (sic) of shit, my friends and teachers were shot,” she tweeted. “Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead. Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But Gun control will prevent it from happening again.”
Since the tweet was posted, @chaddiedabaddie’s Twitter account has been set to private. Nevertheless, her sentiment was echoed by others who responded to the President.
Here’s an idea then, do something about it and stop sending thoughts and prayers
— Paul Stewart (@paulstewart_79) February 15, 2018
— Dee (@DeevaWard) February 15, 2018
Action speaks louder than very cheap sentimental words.#floridaschoolshooting
— dapo olayiwola (@ohdaps) February 15, 2018
Those thoughts and prayers did wonders after the last mass shooting to stop this one, didn't they? How many more kids have to die?
— Rebecca DiGiuro (@LoveTheWitty) February 15, 2018
I’m a teacher. I feel unsafe going to work each and every day. I can only imagine how my students feel.
1. National outrage
2. @GOP “thoughts & prayers” tweets
3. Action on gun control? Nope. Crickets. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
— Lorie Barber △⃒⃘ ⚯͛ (@barberchicago) February 15, 2018
In another tweet this Thursday, Trump seemed to assign a portion of the blame to the shooter’s classmates, saying they “knew he was a big problem.”
“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
It’s not known whether @chaddiedabaddie’s tweet was deleted or if it’s simply no longer visible due to her privacy settings.
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