Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement regarding the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“Frances and I are heartbroken by the tragedy in Florida and join with all Pennsylvanians in mourning the loss of innocent lives. We are praying for the victims and their loved ones and honoring the law enforcement and citizen heroes who put themselves in harm's way to protect others.
“Our children deserve to go to school without fearing for their lives and parents should be confident their kids will be safe after they leave for school each morning. And our country deserves elected leaders with the courage to act.
“Our country must come together to stop this senseless violence and loss of life. It begins by putting aside political differences and taking real action to keep people safe.”
The Governor ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff, effective immediately. This order is to mark respect for the victims of the attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, February 15, 2018, until sunset February 19, 2018. Per an order from the White House, the United States flag should also be lowered immediately and until sunset February 19, 2018.
All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.