Area representatives react after school shooting in Texas


CHARLESTON — Area representatives expressed great sorrow following a tragic shooting at an elementary school in Texas that sent shockwaves throughout the country as another violent incident in the United States claimed multiple lives.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a tweet that he and the first lady, Fran DeWine, were heartbroken over the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

“The last place we should be afraid to send our children and grandchildren is to school,” DeWine wrote. “School safety and law enforcement intelligence gathering are key efforts within our Ohio Department of Public Safety, and we offer any assistance to Gov. Abbott and Texas law enforcement that they may need.”

DeWine said that he and the first lady will keep the victims and their families in their prayers, and they asked all Ohioans to do the same. The governor has ordered that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff on public buildings and grounds throughout the state until sunset on Saturday, May 28.

In Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said in a tweet that as a parent, it was difficult to comprehend the devastating loss in Texas.

“This senseless act of violence is unacceptable and should be condemned. These were all children of God, gone too soon,” Beshear wrote. “Kentucky stands with all those mourning and we hold them close in prayer.”

Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said in a tweet that he had ordered all United States and West Virginia flags at state-owned facilities to be displayed at half-staff through sunset on Saturday, May 28, in honor of the victims of the Texas school shooting.

U.S. Rep. Carol Miller, R-W.Va., said in a statement that she was “heartbroken by the abhorrent act of senseless violence in Uvalde, Texas. Please join me in praying for the students, staff, families, and friends of the innocent lives lost today. May God be with them. No family should ever experience this.”

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