Wednesday's school shooting in Florida prompted the usual responses from politicians on both sides of the aisle - one side calling for something to be done and the other offering little to nothing more than condolences.
President Donald Trump joined in, tweeting his "thoughts and prayers" to those affected:
But a student named Sarah who had experienced the ordeal first hand was having none of the president's empty words, calling upon Trump to "do something" and saying "prayers won't fix this":
Authorities say a former student, who has since been identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, tore through the high school in Parkdale, Florida, firing at students and teachers in his path.
The student had reportedly been expelled for disciplinary reasons that are still unclear. He is due to appear in court on Thursday.
The attack, which is one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history has reignited a long-standing debate over gun control. Florida has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher Melissa Falkowski said she believes the government failed her school:
"We could not have been more prepared for this situation, which is what makes it so frustrating," the teacher said.
"We did everything that we were supposed to do. Broward County Schools has prepared us for this situation and still to have so many casualties, at least for me, it's very emotional... Because I feel like today our government, our country has failed us and failed our kids and didn't keep us safe."