Tennessee leaders react to Texas mass shooting

Lawmakers share their reactions following the tragic events in Texas.
Published: May. 24, 2022 at 5:26 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - On Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school, according to local authorities.

The shooting is one of the deadliest at a U.S. elementary school since the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, according to the Associated Press. Reactions from Tennessee leaders poured in in the day following the tragedy.

“I first learned of the tragedy yesterday and saw scenes of the Uvalde community shortly after leaving my own child’s fourth grade graduation,” State Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D) said at a press conference Thursday, “and I have to say the juxtaposition of those two scenes rattled me to my core.”

Clemmons called for the Governor to repeal the open carry law in Tennessee following Tuesday’s shooting in Texas. He repeatedly accused his Republican counterparts of being pat of the problem. “You want to blame gun violence and school shootings on mental healthcare? Then do something about mental healthcare, because we’re not.”

Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn offered the following statements:

Governor Bill Lee and Nashville Mayor John Cooper both shared statements over Twitter regarding their reaction to the tragic event:

Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, has issued the following statement in response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas:

MNPS officials told News4 that counselors and student support teams will be available to answer questions and offer support to schools following the incident. They will also provide resources and guidance to school teams on how to respond to a tragic or traumatic event.

Wilson Co. Schools also offered this statement via Twitter:

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake and Mount Juliet Police Chief Hambrick both offered statements:

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