Florida - The anguished mother of a girl slain with 16 other people by a gunman at a Florida high school took to national television on Thursday to angrily demand that US President Donald Trump "do something" to protect school children from gun violence.
"President Trump, you say what can you do? ... You can do a lot," Lori Alhadeff shouted into the camera in an emotionally raw appearance on CNN. Fighting tears, her voice quaking with anger, she screamed, "Do something. Action. We need it now. These kids need safety now."
The mother said she had just spent two hours making funeral arrangements for her 14-year-old daughter Alyssa Alhadeff, who was one of 17 people shot dead on Thursday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a suburb of Miami.
"How do we allow a gunman to come into our children’s school? How did they get through security? What security is there?" she cried.
"The gunman, the crazy person, just walks right into the school, knocks down the window to my child’s door and starts shooting, shooting her ..."