SECOND UPDATE, SUNDAY: The White House has announced that President Donald Trump will hold what’s described as a “listening session” in Florida on Wednesday. Details are unclear as to who he is meeting with and where as of Sunday at noon Pacific time.
UPDATE with politician responses CNN’s Jake Tapper will moderate a town hall event Wednesday with students of the Florida high school devastated – and angered – by this week’s deadly shooting. At least two elected officials will be in attendance.
Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action will air live nationwide on Wednesday at 9 pm ET.
“The school shooting in Florida this week has sparked a renewed call for lawmakers to take action, and some of the loudest voices demanding change are not even old enough to vote,” CNN said in announcing the town hall.
In additions to classmates of the 14 students and three teachers killed February 14 by a gunman with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle, the town hall will include parents and community members.
CNN has also invited President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the state’s senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and Rep. Ted Deutch.
Nelson and Deutch tweeted to Tapper that they will attend.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) February 17, 2018
No word yet on the others’ attendance, but they’d better be ready for a bunch of kids braver than most politicians: “If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened, I’m gonna happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association,” said young shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez at a rally in Florida today.
Additional details about the town hall are expected in the coming days.
CNN announces town hall with students, parents affected by Florida school shooting https://t.co/E4kDmROefL
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 17, 2018