LeBron James was one of plenty in the sports world who was outraged on Tuesday afternoon after a horrific mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.
The Los Angeles Lakers star erupted on social media calling for change after at least 18 students and three adults were killed in Uvalde, Texas.
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX! Like when is enough enough man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously "AT SCHOOL" where it's suppose to be the safest!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 24, 2022
There simply has to be change! HAS TO BE!! 😔😔😔😔🥺🥺🥺🥺.. Praying to the heavens above to all with kids these days in schools. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 24, 2022
“Like when is enough enough man!!!” he wrote, in part. “These are kids and we keep putting them in harm's way at school. Like seriously ‘AT SCHOOL’ where it’s suppose to be the safest.
“There simply has to be change! HAS TO BE!! Praying to the heavens above to all with kids these days in schools.”
At least 18 children and three adults were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde on Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed to The Texas Tribune. The shooter, who Gov. Greg Abbott identified as an 18-year-old high school student in the town, was killed. He also reportedly shot his grandmother before showing up to the school — which was set to end the school year later this week.
Uvalde sits about 90 minutes west of San Antonio and about halfway between the city and Del Rio on the border.
The shooting is just the latest of its kind in the United States in recent days. There were 10 people killed at a shooting in a Buffalo grocery store earlier this month. Since that shooting on May 14, according to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 15 more mass shootings throughout the country. That’s an average of 1.5 per day.
James was far from alone with his outrage. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr went on an emotional, angry rant ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Dallas on Tuesday night.
Steve Kerr’s pregame presser in Dallas. Gives another emotional plea for gun control. pic.twitter.com/aPYpFIInAq
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 24, 2022
The Warriors and Mavericks held a moment of silence before that game.
Prior to Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, a moment of silence was held to mourn the victims of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 25, 2022
Washington Mystics star Natasha Cloud was the only one who spoke following their game against the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday.
— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) May 25, 2022
Players, teams, the NBA, WNBA and more all spoke out Twitter, too.
The NBA family is devastated by the horrific shooting that took place today in Uvalde, Texas. Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the victims’ family and friends, and the entire Robb Elementary School and Uvalde community.
— NBA (@NBA) May 24, 2022
The WNBA sends our deepest condolences to the entire Robb Elementary School and Uvalde Community, and in particular, to the families and friends of the victims of this devastating tragedy.
— WNBA (@WNBA) May 24, 2022
Idk if I’m desensitized or if mass shootings in my country are normalized but something has to change. Gotta find some type of solution for these weekly deadly shootings. What will it take for some effective change to occur? https://t.co/AWDU2fAArN
— Brianna Turner (@_Breezy_Briii) May 24, 2022
Breaks my heart hearing this news, no parent should ever have to lose there child. Praying for the families of those kids and the teacher 🙏🏽❤️… this is devastating
— Jayson Tatum (@jaytatum0) May 24, 2022
Absolutely tragic. We have to do better as a country!! Me and my family are sending prayers to the families affected today at Robb Elementary 🙏🏾
— Chris Paul (@CP3) May 24, 2022
an elementary school…😔
— A'ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) May 24, 2022
Praying for Uvalde, Texas. Just heartbreaking💔
— Paige Bueckers (@paigebueckers1) May 24, 2022
We are heartbroken by this afternoon’s tragic events in Uvalde as we mourn alongside our neighbors in Texas. To the victims, their families and the entire Uvalde community, you are held close to our hearts today and in the weeks to come.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) May 24, 2022
The entire Dallas Cowboys organization grieves alongside the community of Uvalde and all of those affected by today’s tragic event. As we mourn the loss of innocent life, our hearts and prayers are with the victims’ families, loved ones, faculty and staff of Robb Elementary.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 24, 2022
. @GregAbbott_TX Who is going to stand up and DEMAND we have better security at all these schools that can’t afford it???? How are our tax dollars not going to those who need the most protection??!! OUR CHILDREN! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
— DeMarcus Lawrence (@TankLawrence) May 24, 2022
Has to stop man…… prayers to all the families in Texas 🙏🏽
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) May 24, 2022
Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Horrifying horrifying news out of Texas.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 24, 2022
Somebody gotta do something !!!! Like forget all the excuses or reasons those are little kids !!! 😔
— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) May 24, 2022
The Yankees' thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and everyone affected by the senseless mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/CcydTIcINs
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 24, 2022