US president Donald Trump, listens as Julia Cordover, the student body president  at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida, speaks to him at the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Donald Trump doubled down on his proposal to address school shootings by giving some teachers guns on Thursday, tweeting that it would be a “great det(...)

 US president Donald Trump holds his notes while hosting a listening session with student survivors of mass shootings, their parents and teachers in the State Dining Room at the White House on February 21st, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that arming teachers could help prevent massacres such as last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high(...)

Suspect Nikolas Cruz appears at Broward County Court House on Thursday. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Sun Sentinel/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump pledged to consider new measures to improve school safety in the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting in Florida, but stopped s(...)

Nikolas Cruz during an appearance on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photograph: Susan Stocker/Getty Images

US authorities have begun piecing together a picture of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old man who was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in Flo(...)

Students react following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a city about 80 kilometers north of Miami, on Wednesday. Photograph: Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a grisly sequence that now seems unsettlingly familiar. On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old armed with a semi-automatic rifle marched into his (...)

Students released from a lockdown are overcome with emotion following following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Photograph: AP

At 2.40pm on Wednesday a 19-year-old man wearing a gas mask walked into his former high school armed with smoke grenades and an AR-15 style rifle. Af(...)

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