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Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo and more respond to Uvalde school shooting

25 May 2022, 14:38 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Music stars including Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Selena Gomez and more have shared their responses following the news of a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas where 19 children died.

Yesterday (24 May) 19 young children and two adults died after an 18-year-old opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and musicians including Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, Missy Elliott and Selena Gomez have shared their responses to the 27th US school shooting of 2022.

Swift shared her thoughts on Twitter last night (24 May) with a video of Steve Kerr, the coach of NBA team Golden State Warriors, speaking about school shooting and gun laws in the US, writing, "Filled with rage and grief, and so broken by the murders in Uvalde. By Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many others. By the ways in which we, as a nation, have become conditioned to unfathomable and unbearable heartbreak. Steve’s words ring so true and cut so deep."

Rodrigo took time at Greek Theatre show in LA last night (24 May) to address the shooting, and told the crowd, "Though I’m so excited to be here tonight, I’m so, so devastated about the shooting that happened in Texas today. We should never have to worry about our safety or our lives in places that are dedicated to our learning and growing. I’m so heartbroken that this is the reality we’re living in, and we need stricter gun control laws."

Selena Gomez also spoke out about the shooting in her home state on Twitter, and urged followers to donate to Everytown, nonprofit organisation that advocates for gun control. Gomez wrote, "Today in my home state of Texas 18 innocent students were killed while simply trying to get an education. A teacher killed doing her job; an invaluable yet sadly under appreciated job. If children aren’t safe at school where are they safe?"

"It’s so frustrating and I’m not sure what to say anymore," Gomez added. "Those in power need to stop giving lip service and actually change the laws to prevent these shootings in the future."

Missy Elliott took to Twitter to share her thoughts following the devastating news, and wrote, "We living in some TRYING TIMES… It’s Heavy… I am praying for everyone that is struggling MENTALLY/FINANCIALLY/PHYSICALLY that some PEACE be RESTORED! So many in the world is dealing with pain & I don’t have the answers but I send you LOVE virtually."

Finneas wrote on Twitter, "Anyone saying "now isn’t the time to talk about gun control" doesn’t care that kids got fucking murdered today."

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