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Trump tweets 'prayers and condolences' in response to Florida school shooting

The Hill logo The Hill 2018-02-14 Avery Anapol

© Provided by The Hill President Trump tweeted Wednesday in response to a school shooting in Florida that no one should "feel unsafe in an American school."

"My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting," Trump tweeted. "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."

Authorities on Wednesday afternoon responded to reports of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The Broward Sheriff's Department confirmed "at least 14 victims" within an hour of the shooting, while local outlets reported that 20 to 50 people might be injured and the Margate Fire Department is preparing for a mass casualty situation.

Following the reports of a shooting, the White House also cancelled a planned press briefing.

"The president has spoken with Gov. Scott of Florida and offered federal assistance if needed," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen also spoke with Gov. Scott as well as state and local officials. She has briefed the president on those conversations. The governor, the secretary, and other administration officials will continue to keep the president updated."

The shooting is reportedly the 19th school shooting so far in 2018, while not all the reported incidents have resulted in fatalities.

-Updated 4:24 p.m.

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