British Prime Minister Theresa May came to the public on Downing Street to respond to the terrorist attack in Manchester that happened late Monday night. The attack occurred at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena leaving in its wake 22 people, a majority of them children, dead and injuring 59. Some believed to be attending the concert are still missing.
May said in her statement:
“[I]t is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester, and of this country, have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack – an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation. This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom. And although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England.”
Prime Minister May was quick to point out the everyday heroes who battle the cowardly acts of terrorism:
“For as so often, while we experienced the worst of humanity in Manchester last night, we also saw the best… The cowardice of the attacker met the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester. The attempt to divide us met countless acts of kindness that brought people closer together. And in the days ahead, those must be the things we remember.”
Yes, Madame Prime Minister, those are what we need to remember in the days to come. For a the full transcript of Theresa May’s statement, go here.