Why are the flags at half-staff today?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — President Joe Biden has ordered all United States flags to be flown at half-staff across the U.S. in honor of the children and teacher who were killed in a Texas elementary school shooting Tuesday, May 24.

Biden said the flag order will be in effect until sunset on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the official count was that 14 children and one teacher were killed in the shooting. The suspect in the shooting was identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos of Uvalde. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he was shot and killed by responding officers.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on May 24, 2022, by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions…”

President Joe Biden

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