Parkland Survivor Demolishes Mike Pence After Yet Another School Shooting: People 'Pray' for You to Take Action

The teenager said "prayers" aren't enough from elected officials

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Lauren Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were shot and killed earlier this year, slammed Mike Pence on Friday after the vice president offered his prayers for the victims in Friday's shooting in Indiana.

Pence, the former Indiana governor, sent the message after a student opened fire at Noblesville West Middle School, injuring two people. An eyewitness told CBS 4 a science teacher “swatted [the] gun away from the gunman’s hand, saving everyone else in the room.”

“Karen [Pence] and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana,” Pence wrote on Twitter. “To everyone in the Noblesville community – you are on our hearts and in our prayers. Thanks for the swift response by Hoosier law enforcement and first responders.”

Hogg, the sister of Parkland activist David Hogg, replied to Pence’s tweet, imploring the vice president to “take action” instead of offering empty thoughts and prayers.

“How about instead of only praying this time you take action?” Hogg asked on Twitter. “Perhaps you don’t realize that the reason people pray after school shootings occur is in hopes that people like you who have the power to stop these things from happening take action.”

According to USA Today, the incident in Indiana is at least the 21st school shooting in 2018. In Santa Fe, Texas, 10 students were killed last week when a 17-year-old used his father’s shotgun and .38-caliber revolver to shoot up an art class.

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Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @lizacisms.