In the midst of a national debate about gun violence, parents have taken to social media to share their emotions following a shooting at Claremont Collegiate Academy, an elite Catholic high school in California.
More than 100 students were shot in the early hours of Monday morning in a single shooting at the school, located just outside Los Angeles, according to police.
Police said two people were dead and one was in custody, but it was not immediately clear if any suspects were in custody.
The school is one of the most selective in the state, with a strict admissions process and strict policies to protect the security of its students.
Parents are holding a vigil at the high school on Monday evening to protest the shooting.
“It’s heartbreaking to think about all of our kids that are at Claremonte and all of the families that are affected,” said Lauren Schmid, who attended the vigil with her two sons.
“We need to be able to walk down the street and feel safe, and if we can’t walk that road, we need to do something about it,” she said.
“I’m here with my kids and my sons and I feel like I’m standing in the middle of this.”
Students were also left shaken by the tragedy, some crying inconsolably in the hallway.
“My kids, my wife, my husband, they’re all here,” said one mother who asked not to be named.
“Our families are here, we love you,” said another.
“If I was in your shoes, I would be there too.
I’m here to support you,” another mother said.
The attack comes just days after a gunman killed 12 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in a rampage that left 19 people dead and several others injured.
The gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, killed himself in a Texas church while armed with an AR-15-style rifle.
Kelley had previously been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and drug charges in Louisiana.
He was also previously accused of being a domestic abuser, according the Associated Press.
In the aftermath of the shooting, US President Donald Trump said he would work to “rebuild” the military and police forces after the school shooting.
On Monday, he also called on Congress to pass a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
“These are the tools that we need,” he said.
“They’re the tools of war.”