Another tragedy struck the country on Tuesday, this time at an elementary school in Texas.
Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas was the site of a mass shooting that resulted in the deaths of at least 18 students and one teacher, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. The gunman was also killed, state officials announced.
It is the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since the shocking attack in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, almost a decade ago, fueling a fresh round of grief and despair.
The incident has drawn strong reactions from around the country, including New Jersey state officials and other notable Garden State names.
Below is a thread of noteworthy reactions shared on social media:
Heartbroken by today’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. No child or educator should ever fear going to school, and no parent should ever fear sending their child to school. We must end our nation's gun violence epidemic.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) May 24, 2022
Children went to school today and were killed in a mass shooting. Another American community shattered by gun violence. Another round of thoughts and prayers. They’re hollow words if we continue to do nothing to end the violent, unrelenting, preventable shootings in our county.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 24, 2022
The news of Robb Elementary School & the 14 young children & the teacher who died has made me increasingly furious at people in this country that continue to elect representatives who 1) refuse to address this horrible level of gun violence & 2) put all of our children in danger.
— Rep. Mikie Sherrill (@RepSherrill) May 24, 2022
Parents should not have to live in fear that their kids will be killed at school.
But day after day, our nation experiences unimaginable tragedy. When will this be the last? https://t.co/2WglqLX9Vx
— Rep. Tom Malinowski (@RepMalinowski) May 24, 2022
There are just no words to express the pain these parents are feeling today.
My prayers are with each of these families and with the teachers and employees at this school.
No matter how much Republicans say otherwise, this is not just some inevitable cost of freedom. https://t.co/sqyGNN3fow
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) May 24, 2022
I’m horrified by this monstrous attack on little children at a Texas elementary school. I’m sitting in the parking lot of my own kid’s elementary school right now unable to process this news and the devastation parents and families are experiencing. Our nation grieves with them. https://t.co/qa1zaWMdAh
— Andy Kim (@AndyKimNJ) May 24, 2022
Devastated to learn of the 14 students and teacher lost to senseless gun violence at the Robb Elementary shooting in Uvalde, Texas. This should never be a reality that any child or educator faces — a parent should never worry whether their child will make home after the bell.
— Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (@SpeakerCoughlin) May 24, 2022
Nothing about this is normal. We do not have to accept that we live in a country where children are shot just for going to school. My heart goes out to the families of the victims, and we must all do everything we can to end the epidemic of gun violence.
— Acting AG Matthew J. Platkin (@NewJerseyOAG) May 24, 2022
We are closely monitoring the situation in Uvalde, TX. Utilizing the NJ Regional Operations and Intelligence Center, we are in constant communication with our law enforcement partners within the state and throughout the region. https://t.co/P7uLkCFs6D pic.twitter.com/Lz0EGPYUp2
— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) May 24, 2022
The madness and the evil of the shootings in Uvalde are incomprehensible. We must focus on the mental health crisis in this country. It is long overdue.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) May 24, 2022
Dear God, 18 children!? You can’t go the grocery store, church, or send your children to elementary school safely. When will it stop? https://t.co/UZLzmfNLWo
— Governor Christine Todd Whitman (@GovCTW) May 25, 2022
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This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Texas school shooting: NJ officials react to Uvalde tragedy