News

Actions

Tennessee Senators, Congressmen react to Texas elementary school shooting

APTOPIX Texas School Shooting
Posted at 4:43 PM, May 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-25 07:59:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Tennessee Congressmen and Senators reacted Tuesday afternoon after a gunman killed 14 kids and one teacher at a Texas elementary school.

Police said the gunman, an 18-year-old man, was killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio. President Joe Biden is expected to speak about the shooting Tuesday night.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, took to Twitter to express her condolences to those involved.

Sen Bill Hagerty expressed similar emotions to Blackburn.

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, questioned when the legislation would take place to address the issue.

Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, lambasted Republicans for their response to the shooting.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said the school district would check its protocols.

Additionally, Director of Schools Adrienne Battle issued a reaction following the shooting.

“We are devastated by the senseless, horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that has caused the death of several students and teachers," she said. "Children have the right to learn and thrive in a safe environment, free from violence or tragedy, and far too often society fails in protecting that right. Our hearts go out to all the families in Uvalde who have lost loved ones. We will be working with our student support services team to offer our teachers and staff the necessary tools to help themselves and their students process this tragic event, and we will be consulting with the Metro Nashville Police Department and MNPS Security to determine any additional steps that should be taken in the immediate aftermath."

Other Republican Congressmen joined the conversation along with Tennessee's governor.