Ns News Online Desk: President Trump issued a proclamation Thursday mourning the victims of the deadly shooting at a Florida high school — ordering American flags to be flown at half-staff. “Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,” the proclamation reads. “As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff,” it continues.
The proclamation calls on all public buildings, military facilities, diplomatic sites, naval vessels and other locations to fly their flags at half-staff through Monday. On Thursday morning, Trump also plans to address the shooting, in which 17 people were killed Wednesday afternoon. “The President Trump will address the nation at 11 am today on the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted.
The suspected shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, was charged Thursday with 17 counts of premeditated murder.