Matthew McConaughey has returned to his home town of Ulvade to help 'heal' the local community amid the tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary school.
19 children and two teachers were sadly killed after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on 24 May.
On Friday (27 May) the actor visited the place where he spent the first 12 years of his life and was joined by Republican Representative Tony Gonzales, reports NY Post.
The Oscar winner visited the city's school district, while his mother, Kay McCabe, used to reportedly be a teacher at St Philip’s Episcopal School in Uvalde.
After photos of McConaughey pictured alongside staff were shared online, Gonzales praised the actor for his visit.
“Thank you Matthew for helping to heal our community,” Gonzales tweeted. “Your visit brought so many smiling faces to Uvalde. See you soon my friend.”
McConaughey also shared a message on social media, which read: “As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas.
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.
“The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighbourhood tomorrow?’
“We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo.”
He added: “As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it's time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs.
“We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children's issue.
“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better.
“We must do better.
“Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured.
“And to those who dropped off their loved ones today not knowing it was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.”
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