Abbott Elementary cast condemns Texas school shooting

The cast of ‘Abbott Elementary’ is ‘sick’, ‘tired’, ‘angry’ and ‘heartbroken’ after an elementary school shooting left two teachers and 19 children dead Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.

Quinta Brunson, Lisa Ann Walter and Sheryl Lee Ralph, who play elementary school teachers on the hit ABC sitcom, have taken to social media after a gunman opened fire on a fourth grade class at Robb Elementary School.

“Each time this happens I watch the conversation evolve into why,” tweeted Brunson, the “Abbott Elementary” creator who plays second-grade teacher Janine Teagues.

“Mental health, race, class, domestic conflict, etc. I can’t stand this because all it does is protect the one constant in every case: a gun.”

Ralph, who plays kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard, wondered, “Where’s the love for America’s kids” and “why don’t we care” about gun violence?

“Now I lay down to sleep and all I can think about are the families who lost a child today in another senseless act of gun violence,” Ralph tweeted. “When will enough be ENOUGH?!?!”

After the first victim of the Uvalde shooting was identified as fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles, Walter hailed the educators as “heroes.” The tragedy in Texas marks the deadliest school shooting in the United States since a gunman killed 20 first graders, four teachers, a principal and a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut almost 10 years ago.

“Expensive [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer]tweeted Walter, who plays sophomore teacher Melissa Schemmenti on ‘Abbott Elementary.’

“Bring a STRICT #GUN CONTROL Bill to a floor vote THIS WEEK. THIS WEEK. Let’s see who rejected it this week. Do it.”

Condemning “America’s love affair with guns,” Brunson shared data supporting violence prevention programs, urged voters to “demand more from the people you elect to change laws” and encouraged people to “consider supporting local gun violence prevention groups.”

“I often read articles about gun violence. My town and my family have been affected by this,” tweeted Brunson, who grew up in Philadelphia where “Abbott Elementary” takes place.

“Gun violence is a constant problem, day in and day out. Mass shootings are only part of it. Stop saying nothing can be done.

The “Abbott Elementary” ensemble is among many entertainment luminaries who have publicly commented on the Uvalde shooting and advocated for tougher gun laws. Other public figures include Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Simu Liu, Rachel Zegler, Amanda Gorman, Mario Lopez and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey.

In response to a Florida teacher who suggested “Abbott Elementary” and ABC issue a public service announcement on gun violence, Brunson wrote, “Respectfully, Abbott Elementary, the TV show is not a politician. Politicians are. They have to do something about it.

See more remarks from the “Abbott Elementary” cast below.

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