LOS ANGELES — A day after 19 elementary school students and two adults were killed in a mass shooting in Texas, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is planning to increase school attendance on Wednesday — while Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said His department will work with him. “School Resource Officer to ensure the safety of our children.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department told the City News Service that there was no immediate announcement of any efforts to increase patrols around area campuses in response to the shooting.
The Los Angeles Unified School District did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would take any additional measures.
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said there were “not enough words” to describe Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 85 miles west of San Antonio.
But he added, “While we believe this is an isolated incident, the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center is monitoring the situation, and our attendance at schools in our jurisdiction (Wednesday) will increase.”
Barnes continued, “No parent should ever wonder if their child is safe at school. We extend our condolences and prayers to the bereaved community of Uvalde.”
His remarks came on a day that other officials in Southern California reacted with horror, anger and renewed calls for stricter gun control as news of the latest mass shooting in the United States spread.
“Our hearts are breaking. I’m sick of it,” tweeted Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We can’t keep losing innocent children because we are incapable of doing the right thing. We can no longer put a stop to gun control. senseless violence How much pain before stopping these antics?
D-Los Angeles Representative Lucille Royble-Allard wrote, “My heart breaks for the families of the victims in Uvalde, TX. We cannot continue to do nothing on gun reform and expect a different outcome.” We must now pass laws to stop these horrific, preventable tragedies.”
Tuesday’s panic occurred around noon Texas time.
Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. initially confirmed that 14 students, along with a teacher, were killed when a gunman struck. The number of students killed later rose to 18 and then to 19, along with two adults. Abbott said one of the adults was a teacher.
According to reports, the gunman, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, allegedly shot his grandmother earlier in the day, then went to school, possibly carrying a handgun and a rifle.
According to various reports, apart from those killed, around 15 other children and two adults were injured in the firing. The gunman was shot dead by the police.
LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Board Chairman Kelly Goenez issued a joint statement saying, “Our hearts are with the victims of today’s school shooting. May they have the strength and resilience to endure this unacceptable tragedy. As a nation In the U.S., we must continue to speak out against gun violence. We have a moral and professional collective responsibility to ensure a safety net around schools. Enough is enough.”
Cecily Myrt-Cruz, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents LAUSD teachers, said in a statement: “We are saddened by the parents, guardians, teachers, students, families and the Uvalde community. that once again our world is shaken by the senseless death of students and a teacher. Our schools should be the safest places to send our children. … Thoughts and prayers are not what is needed. We need gun reform now Is required.”
UCLA Chancellor Jean Block said, “Kids should be able to go to school without fear of violence. What happened today shook me to the core.”
Gun Owners, based in Sacramento, California, retweeted this statement from their colleagues at Gun Owners of America, “We mourn the killing of innocent Texans this afternoon. Sadly, we have already seen the political gains of this tragedy by the Left.” Seen for political gains, including, most alarmingly, in fundraising emails – but also in calls for gun control. Additionally, politicians supporting the Second Amendment in the state and across the country have been criticized for unacceptable, acrimonious, ed Hominum attacks are being subjected, and we stand by them.
“Instead of playing politics, we should discuss real solutions to prevent this type of evil from happening again, for example, by arming aspiring teachers, which is a solution supported by 81% of police. If our elected officials Armed security is important enough to receive, so our children should do the same.”
A group of Los Angeles elected officials, faith leaders and cultural leaders gathered at the First AME Church in Los Angeles to light a candle to honor the victims of two racially and hate-motivated mass shootings in Buffalo, New York. Days later happened the country’s latest mass shooting. York, and Laguna Woods last week.
The vigil was hosted by the Los Angeles Department of Civil + Human Rights and Equity and was attended by Garcetti, Counselors Curren Price and Paul Koretz, and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michelle Moore.
A candle was lit for each of the 11 victims killed during two shootouts: 14 in Buffalo on May 10 and one in Laguna Woods on May 15.
“Going to school. Going grocery shopping. Going to the cathedral. Going to the mall. My heart breaks for the families and community in Uvalde, Texas — and for all the victims of gun violence,” Rep. Judy Choo, D-Pasadena tweeted Tuesday after the school shooting. “We must do better. We must save lives. We must end #EndGunViolence.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis echoed those thoughts on Twitter, saying, “My thoughts and prayers are with those whose loved ones were tragically lost and injured during the horrific shooting at Rob’s Elementary School.
“Gun violence has devastated many communities today, including in Uvalde, Texas. When is enough, enough? #EndGunViolence now.”
Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles and a candidate for mayor said, “After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, we never said never again. Ten years later, 1 teacher and 14 children were murdered in Texas. Republicans. Inaction is killing our kids. They choose to look away. They choose not to act. We need to reform now.”
Mayoral candidate and LA City Councilman Kevin De Leon wrote, “I’m disappointed this is normal in America. Bad thing? We can stop it. But Republicans in D.C. would prefer to see our kids die rather than take action. Us National gun safety laws are needed, and we need them now.”
Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso tweeted Tuesday night, “As a father, my heart is absolutely broken for the families in Texas tonight. No parent should ever have to endure such an unbearable loss. We as a country.” I have to do better.”