Kevin McCarthy "deeply saddened and troubled by news of the shooting."
Thursday's school shooting at Taft Union High School prompted immediate reactions from the elected and appointed officials representing Taft.
Mayor Paul Linder was at the scene of the shooting Thursday morning, along with councilmen Dave Noerr and Orchel Krier.
"It's shocking," Linder said. "You don't expect something like this to happen here."
Linder spoke briefly to the Midway Driller after a press conference that attracted national media attention.
He said he things the community will rally and come through the tragic event.
"Taft is very resilient," he said.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy came to Taft after the shooting, too.
Before he came though, he released this statement.
"I am deeply saddened and troubled by news of the shooting. Judy and I offer our prayers to the victims, their families and the entire Taft community," McCarthy said.
Reactions came in from state officials, too.
•Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) said this after hearing of the shooting:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the students, faculty, families and first responders at Taft Union High School this morning. At this moment, their safety and well-being is paramount.
Let me be absolutely clear. Violence directed at our children and teachers in schools is unacceptable.
Not more than a month ago, the nation turned its attention to the horrific violence that occurred in Newtown. As a local resident and community member, elected official and former educator, I know Taft well. It's a community also made up of proud and hard-working residents who send their children to schools to learn.
Those responsible for the deplorable action today must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
•Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement:
"Tragedies like this remind us of the value of every single human life. I commend the quick thinking of the faculty and compassion of the first responders, and my thoughts and prayers are with the students and families of Taft Union High School."
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson also commented:
"Our hearts go out to the family and the student who was critically injured today at Taft High School, as well as to the entire school community. I commend the heroic actions of the classroom teacher and the campus supervisor who risked their safety to protect students, no doubt saving lives in the process. I am also grateful for the swift arrival of police and their arrest of the suspect.
"Our schools must be safe places for students, and today's events remind us we have work to do—as a state and as a nation—to reach that goal."
•Christine Lizardi Frazier, Kern County Superintendent of Schools released a statement :
"Today's shooting at Taft High School reminds us that violence can happen anywhere and at any time.
I appreciate and applaud the excellent work of law enforcement, the school district and heroic individuals who helped to diffuse this situation quickly.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools office and our school and community partners have and will continue to offer our resources to assist the Taft community.
My heart goes out to those injured in this shooting.
The safety of students is our number one priority, and we will continue to work together as a community to strengthen our safety efforts."
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