Former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaJill Biden, Kate Middleton to meet this week Jill Biden to focus on military families on foreign trip Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election MORE sent a handwritten letter to students at the Florida high school where a mass shooting left 17 dead last month.

The Obamas thanked the survivors for speaking out against gun violence and helping to "awaken the conscience of our nation."

The former president and first lady closed by telling the students, "We will be there for you."

The letter, dated March 10, was obtained by Mic on Wednesday.


“We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,” the Obamas wrote.

“Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority.

"Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.”

The students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have been the primary organizers of the anti-gun violence March for Our Lives that is scheduled to hit D.C. this Saturday. More than 500,000 people are expected to attend.

This was not the first time the former president and first lady have praised the students who survived the Feb. 14 massacre in their gun control efforts. 

President Obama tweeted at the students the day after the shooting, writing, "We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless.” 

Michelle Obama also vocalized support, writing that she was in “total awe” of the students and pledged that she and Barack were “behind [them] every step of the way.”