COLUMBUS (WCMH) – President-elect Donald Trump was among many who expressed support for the Ohio State University on social media following news of the attack on campus Monday morning.
On Facebook, President-Elect Trump said:
Watching the news unfold at Ohio State University. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the students and administration.
Excellent job by the Ohio State University Emergency Management Team (OSU_EMFP) in immediately notifying students & faculty via social media with the message: “Buckeye Alert: Active Shooter on campus. Run Hide Fight. Watts Hall. 19th and College.”
THANK YOU to all FIRST RESPONDERS who reacted immediately and eliminated the threat on campus.
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims and students on Twitter. He also released the following statement:
“As we continue to work to understand today’s tragic events, we must give thanks to our first responders and emergency medical professionals for doing everything in their power to assure the best possible outcome under trying circumstances. Their heroic actions saved lives today, and for that we are most grateful.
I have personally met with several of the victims this afternoon, and I am pleased to report that their spirits are good and they are receiving the best of care. The City stands with The Ohio State University in supporting all those who were impacted by today’s traumatic events, and will work with Ohio State to help the university community heal physically and emotionally in the days and weeks to come.
It is important in these difficult times that we come together as a community to support one another, and to resist the temptation to lash out in anger, or to let the actions of one person define an entire community. As an open, diverse and inclusive city, it is especially important to stand with our entire community and work toward productive strategies to stop senseless acts of violence everywhere.”
Columbus City Council President Zach Klein also released the following statement regarding the situation on campus:
Columbus City Council stands united with The Ohio State University. We are continually thinking about and praying for all those involved and affected by this senseless act of violence. City Council stands ready to do its part to support the University, all law enforcement agencies involved, and the entire OSU community.
Ohio Governor John Kasich weighed in on Twitter saying, “Ohio’s thoughts and prayers go out to the Ohio State community. Be safe, listen to first responders.”
Others to issue statements included Cleveland Cavaliers player Lebron James, who was on campus this past Saturday, and the University of Michigan Athletics department.
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement:
“Jane and I send our thoughts and prayers to The Ohio State University and Columbus community following today’s horrific attack on campus. I want to thank the first responders who responded to the attack today so quickly and professionally. As local, state and federal authorities continue to investigate the perpetrator of this attack, my office and I stand ready to help in any way possible.”