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The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation.
At the Wednesday meeting, billed as a 'listening session,' Trump also promised 'very strong' background checks on gun owners.
The US president heard first-hand accounts from bereaved parents and friends, and schoolchildren who narrowly escaped with their own lives.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre.
TV and entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey pledged to match actor George Clooney and his wife Amal in donating half a million dollars to students organising protests against gun violence in the US.
The move was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.
This development has come days after a mass shooting at a Florida high school claimed 17 lives and injured 14 others.
George saud his family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country.
The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws.
A group of teens and more than a hundred supporters staged a "lie-in" outside the White House on Presidents Day to pressurise lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws, the media reported.
Nikolas Cruz, dressed in orange prison garb, sat with his head bowed during the brief hearing before Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
After Florida school shooting White House says President Donald Trump backs improved background checks on gun buys
The legislation amounts to a narrow, technical fix, leaving unaddressed the broader, divisive issue of permissive gun laws under a constitutional amendment that protects the right to bear arms.
Several of the students have criticized the president, whose election was strongly supported by the National Rifle Association and who ran on a platform opposing gun control.
An unidentified gunman fired at worshippers at the church in the town of Kizlyar in the mainly Muslim region, local press reports said.
Cruz killed 17 people at his former high school last Wednesday using an AR-15 rifle that he had legally purchased.