Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol complex and at public buildings throughout the state lowered to half-staff to mark respect for the victims of a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
A 17-year-old gunman killed 10 people, most of them students, at the Houston-area school on Friday. Another 10 people were wounded.
“Frances and I are heartbroken by the loss of innocent lives from this tragedy in Texas,” Wolf said in a statement. “We are praying for the victims and their loved ones and we honor the law enforcement and emergency responders for their dedication.”
“No student should go to school and feel unsafe, and no parent should have to worry their child won’t come home,” he said. “We cannot accept these senseless tragedies as the new normal.”
Wolf ordered state flags lowered immediately, until sunset, May 22.
President Donald Trump ordered that the United States flag should also be lowered immediately and until sunset, May 22.