President Donald Trump addressed the country Thursday morning in the aftermath of the school shooting in Florida, calling for a working plan to keep America’s schools safe.
“It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make that difference,” Trump said.
He specifically called attention to mental health and promised to meet with federal and state officials to discuss the problem — but did not address gun control laws.
The president made his remarks at the White House after the shooting suspect in Parkland, Florida murdered 17 students before he was arrested and charged by law enforcement officials.
Trump called for American schoolchildren to reach out to authority figures in their lives for help and to treat each other with dignity.
“Answer hate with love, answer cruelty with kindness,” he said, calling for “a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life.”
The president cited 2 Kings 20:5 to comfort those in grief: “‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears, I will heal you,’” he read.
Trump thanked Americans who responded to the shooting, including the teachers who helped save lives of children in the school.
“To law enforcement, first responders and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger, we thank you for your courage,” he said.
He also confirmed that he planned to visit the Florida community in Parkland in the coming days.