Obama expresses condolences, support to Franklin Regional principal

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President Barack Obama called the principal of Franklin Regional Senior High School this afternoon to express his condolences and offer support a day after the knife attack that injured 24 people Wednesday morning.

Reached by phone at his home this evening, Principal Ron Suvak read a statement recounting the phone call:

"A little after 4 p.m. today, President Obama contacted me from Air Force One. He expressed his and his family's and the nation's sympathies as a result of the tragedy that occurred at Franklin Regional yesterday," Mr. Suvak said. "He said their continued thoughts are with the students who are still recovering from their injuries. He wishes them all a full and complete recovery.

"He was very complimentary of the efforts of assistant principals, staff and students, and their responses, and offered the support of the federal government and any resources it can bring to bear as we begin the healing process."

Mr. Suvak said the phone call lasted "several minutes" but declined further comment on the conversation and any other matters related to the incident.

The White House said Mr. Obama made the call while aboard Air Force One en route to Washington, D.C., after a two-day trip to Texas.


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