PARKLAND, Fla. — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida are focusing their anger at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive.
David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said: “You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us.”
Hogg on “Meet the Press” on Sunday was responding to Trump’s tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn’t passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate.
Trump also alluded to the FBI’s failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous, while bemoaning the bureau’s focus on Russia’s role in the 2016 election.
After more than a day of criticism from the students, the White House said the president would hold a “listening session” with unspecified students on Wednesday and meet with state and local security officials Thursday.
Nineteen-year-old senior Chris Grady was hiding at Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting days go.
He said he’s angry and will be pressing with other students for gun control measures.
He and some fellow students organized a rally Sunday near the school, set to press for greater gun control measures from lawmakers.
The students plan to visit the state capital, Tallahassee, and visit the nation’s capital in March.
Grady said pupils targeted by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, in 2012 were “too young to understand.”
“We want to be the voice for those kids and thousands of others who have been affected by tragedies like this,” he said.