PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the U.S. and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities and buildings be flown at half-staff until sunset on May 22, 2018 in honor of the victims of today's school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. This marks the 10th time the Governor has lowered the flags because of a mass shooting.
"There are no words to express the horror of today's shooting at Santa Fe High School. Andy and I are praying for the victims and their families. As we mourn those senselessly killed and injured, we also mourn our national leaders' inaction. Our country cannot--and should not--accept a reality in which we continually fail to keep our children safe from gun violence. Here in Rhode Island, we're taking action to protect our kids. I urge our leaders in Washington to immediately do the same."
Raimondo also asks Rhode Islanders to lower their flags as a mark of respect.