Barack Obama pays tribute to Parkland student activists on 1st anniversary of school shooting: 'I'm proud of all of them'

As friends and family members spend Feb. 14 mourning their loved ones killed in last year’s Parkland school shooting, politicians and public figures are also marking the first anniversary of the tragedy that left 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and staff members dead.

Former president Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting. (Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for National Clean Energy Summit)
Former president Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting. (Photo: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for National Clean Energy Summit)

The White House released a lengthy statement in which President Trump said that he and the first lady are “praying for the continued healing of those in the Parkland community and all communities where lives have been lost to gun violence.”

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Trump later addressed the one-year anniversary of the deadliest shooting at a high school in U.S. history on Twitter.

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His predecessor, Barack Obama, shared his own statement, in which he praised Parkland survivors who “pushed for the way things should be,” and took a stand for gun control.

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Many commenters agreed, sharing his statement and their own sentiments.

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Presidential hopefuls also weighed in, making their own calls for gun control legislation, as did Hillary Clinton and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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And many notable sports figures paid tribute to the lives lost, with Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, tennis legend Billie Jean King and Golden State Warriors coach and gun control advocate Steve Kerr speaking out.

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