It’s been over a month since the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 dead and even more people injured, and now, the former president and first lady are stepping up to share their words of encouragement to the survivors. Michelle and Barack Obama’s letter to Parkland students is a tearjerker, but at the same time incredibly inspiring for the kids (and many others) who have come forward to fight for gun control in the weeks since the incident.
According to Mic, which obtained a copy of the letter, the Obamas sent their message on March 10th, just a few days before school walkouts were planned all across the country. In the handwritten letter, the couple wrote about how inspired they were by the way students have taken action in the wake of something unthinkable, and they cheered the students on in their efforts.
“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 letter says. “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.”
Here’s a photo of the Obamas’ letter to Parkland students:
“Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better,” the Obamas continued. “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.”
It’s an incredibly sweet message to a group of young people who have been through so much, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. This weekend, people all over the world are planning marches against gun violence, and it’s clear that the steps these students have taken to make their voices heard about an issue affecting so many people are already making huge waves of change.
No matter what happens next, the former first family is cheering these survivors on all the way. Michelle and Barack, can you please come back to the White House? We miss you.