Mom Who Lost Her Girl in Florida School Shooting Begs President Trump: 'Please Do Something!'


Yesterday in Florida, the 18th school shooting of 2018 claimed 17 lives, most of them young teens and tweens who attended the school. One of the victims was 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff. Today, her mom, Lori, spoke out in an emotional plea to the president and every citizen of the United States to stop the senseless violence that's killing innocent kids.


In a heartbreaking video shared by CNN, Lori Alhadeff yells through tears, "How? How do we allow a gunman to come into our children's school? How does he get through security? What security is there? There's no metal detectors. The gunman, a crazy person, just walks right into the school, knocks down the window of my child's [classroom] door, and starts shooting. Shooting her! And killing her!"

At that point in the video, the grief-stricken mom starts screaming. "President Trump, you say, 'what can you do?' You can stop the guns from getting into these children's hands! Put metal detectors at every entrance to the school! What can you do? You can do a lot!"

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The mom's plea has been retweeted more than 3,000 times in a little over two hours, and it echoes what so many parents are feeling today. Gun violence in schools has become shockingly common, and it's our kids who are bearing the brunt of our failure to act. More than 400 people have been killed in 200 school shootings since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting took place in 2012.

Some parents are calling for common sense gun laws, while others want to ban guns altogether. But the common refrain we're shouting at our leaders is exactly what Lori Alhadeff said on CNN: "Do something!"

On Twitter, everyone from parents to teens to US senators and representatives voiced frustration with our failure as a nation to fight the violence.




As more and more Americans realize the dire consequences of our failure to solve this crisis, Alhadeff's words have become a rallying cry for parents who are devastated at losing their babies and tired of living in fear. 

"This is not fair to our families that our children go to school and have to get killed," Alhadeff cries at the end of her video. "I just spent the last two hours planning the burial arrangements for my daughter's funeral, who's 14. Do something! Action! We need it now. These kids need safety now."

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