The Obamas Sent A Touching Handwritten Note To The Parkland Shooting Survivors

"Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation..."

Since the tragic February 14 school shooting that took the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many in the nation have been in awe of the students' strength and their subsequent activism. A few notable celebrities and public figures have praised the Douglas students, but there are perhaps no bigger fans than our former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama. After lauding the students on Twitter last month, the Obamas once again offered their praise and encouragement with a handwritten letter sent to the school. 


In the letter, which was originally obtained by Mic, the former first couple built upon the comments they wrote on Twitter. "We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy," the Obamas began the note. 

After addressing the tragedy and the resolve that the teenagers have put forth in the time since, the couple moved on to address the students' outspoken activism, writing, "Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you've helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country's top priority."

Lastly, the letter reiterated the sentiment that former president wrote in his February 22 tweet: "Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you."

The letter comes just a week after students across the country, including those at Stoneman Douglass, participated in a school walkout. The next order of student-led activism is the March for Our Lives, which is being organized by the students from the school. It's set to be held in Washington, D.C., on March 24 with an expected attendance of more than 500,000 people.

Cover image via The White House / Pete Souza.


Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest news and exclusive updates.