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Missouri politicians react to St. Louis school shooting

A memorial was made for the victims of a school shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. A vigil was held Monday night for the victims.
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A memorial was made for the victims of a school shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. A vigil was held Monday night for the victims.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

An attack at a St. Louis high school drew reactions from many of Missouri's elected officials and political candidates.

Two people were killed in a shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School on Monday morning.

Democratic Rep. Cori Bush, of St. Louis, tweeted a list of resources for those seeking mental health assistance.

"St. Louis, it’s okay to not be okay right now," Bush wrote. "You do not have to work through this trauma alone. Please, reach out and talk to someone. Here are some emergency mental health resources."

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones first tweeted, "Help us Jesus."

Jones later tweeted a statement from the St. Louis Mayor account addressing gun violence at large.

"Our schools and other places of learning should be safe - period," she wrote. "The gun violence epidemic facing our students, teachers, and staff is a public health crisis."

Jones continued to share posts from other accounts asking for assistance and Bush's tweet.

Trudy Busch Valentine, who is running for U.S. Senator, gave grievances in a prepared statement and thanked law enforcement before addressing gun violence in America.

"Extending thoughts and prayers is not enough to address the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in our country," she said in a press release. "Shootings are still a daily occurence in far too many communities – even if they don’t make the evening news. No child or person should have to be afraid of getting shot or killed in schools, places of worship, grocery stores, movie theaters, or anywhere else."

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who is also running in the senator race, extended condolences and thanked law enforcement in a tweet.

"Our hearts are with the students at the Central Visual and Performing Arts School and their families as they seek to heal from this senseless tragedy, and we commend the brave men and women of law enforcement for their quick and decisive action," he wrote.

Republican Sens. Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt thanked law enforcement in their responses:

"Tragic news from Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis," Blunt wrote. "Thank you to law enforcement officers who quickly responded."

"Devastating news in St. Louis. I’m grateful for the swift response of local law enforcement," Hawley wrote. "My office is in contact with local authorities and we stand ready to offer all assistance possible."

Gov. Mike Parson released a series of tweets stating that state resources were available.

"Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this morning’s shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis. Our office has been briefed on this tragedy," he wrote. "State Public Safety officials are coordinating with local law enforcement and have offered any state resources necessary to assist with the investigation."

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe also thanked the St. Louis Police Department and offered condolences.

"Claudia (Kehoe) and I are grateful for the quick response of @SLMPD (St. Louis Police Department) and are praying for the victims and their families, students, and teachers at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis during this devastating time," he wrote.

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