Kyle Kashuv, a 16-year-old survivor of the Parkland High School shooting, thought he was just meeting with the First Lady at the White House. Melania Trump sat and talked with Kyle and then surprised the young man by leading him to the Oval Office and introducing him to the president.
Kyle survived the traumatic Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 students and staff. He was forced to hide in a classroom closet while the gunman opened fire. Kyle has been in Washington D.C. for the past few days meeting with lawmakers to voice his concerns about gun control laws.
While meeting with the First Lady, Kyle showed her the ReachOut app which he has been promoting since the tragedy in his high school. The app enables students to reach students for discussion about emotional or mental problems they may have.
After the meeting, the First Lady tweeted: “Wonderful to meet @KyleKashuv today. His message of unity is one we should all share. Thank you for visiting us at the @WhiteHouse & hope you enjoyed your surprise meeting with @potus! Wishing you much success w @TheReachOutApp.”
Kyle followed up with his own photos and a tweet that read: “Was so great meeting @FLOTUS and @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. They’re true Patriots.”
In the wake of the shooting, Kyle had said that he supported Trump in the last election and thought of himself as a Republican. But he said the shooting made him reconsider his position on guns. He now believes there needs to be stronger background checks to make sure the buyer is mentally stable and to keep people like Nikolas Cruz, the shooter at Parkland, from purchasing weapons.
“Previously I believed that everyone under the Constitution should be allowed to have guns, but I now realize that not everyone should have guns and we should have way stricter background checks and mental evaluations,” he said.
“We need to a middle ground and have some reform.”
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Credit: Daily Mail