‘It’s OK to grieve’: New Zealand PM to schoolmates of teens killed in mosque shooting

‘It’s OK to grieve’: New Zealand PM to schoolmates of teens killed in mosque shooting

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a simple but strong message for Christchurch high schoolers who lost two of their schoolmates in Friday’

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had a simple but strong message for Christchurch high schoolers who lost two of their schoolmates in Friday’s mosque shooting: remember the victims, celebrate their stories — and don’t dwell on the person who took their lives.Story continues below

Cashmere High School is located less than a 15-minute drive away from both the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, where 50 Muslim worshippers were killed by a suspected white supremacist during Friday prayers on March 15.The school lost two of its students in the attack: 14-year-old Sayyad Milne and 15-year-old Hamza Mustafa. Hamza’s 13-year-old brother Zaed suffered gunshot wounds to the leg.The Mustafa brothers’ father Khalid, 44, was killed.Tariq Omar, a former Cashmere High School student from 2008 to 2012, was also among those who died in the attack, the school’s principal said.READ MORE: New Zealand Police release names of 5 victims killed in Christchurch shootings, but they’ve ID’d 21On Wednesday, Ardern visited the grief-stricken school, with students performing a haka dance of welcome as she entered the gym to speak.“One of the messages that I want to share with our young people in particular: it’s OK to grieve,” Ardern told some 200 students who gathered to hear her speak. “It’s OK to ask for help even if you weren’t directly affected.“These images that people are seeing, they are really, really difficult to process.”READ MORE: No one reported New Zealand mosque shooting video while it was live, Facebook saysArdern asked the students if they had seen material on social media that made them uncomfortable, and most of them raised their hands, New Zealand-based news outlet Stuff.co.nz reported.She promised the students swift action on social media as well as gun control.WATCH: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern vows ‘our gun laws will change’

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