US newspaper draws derision, praise for controversial front page

A US newspaper has highlighted the stark contrast between the last weekend's headline stories in the US and UK.

While the United Kingdom celebrated the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the United States was reeling from yet another school shooting - this time in Santa Fe, Texas.

The New York Daily News publications ran a revealing headline on Sunday displaying the difference between the UK's weekend of wedding celebrations on Saturday and the US' weekend of mourning the deaths or more school kids.

"They do royal weddings. We do schoolkids' funerals," the newspaper's headline says.

The publication tweeted a preview of the front page to its followers on Sunday, with the caption: "A happy day across the pond… While Americans mourn another senseless school shooting."

The front page.
The front page. Photo credit: The New York Daily News

The publication was referring to an incident on Friday in which 10 people were killed not long after classes began at Santa Fe High School at 7:30am (local time). The shooter was named as Dimitrios Pagourtzis , 17.

The Washington Post reported more students have been shot dead at US schools this year than fighting in the US Army.

The newspaper received mixed reactions from the public, with some praising it for condemning gun violence in the US, and others referring to it as "sickening".

"Why would the sensibilities of those who are in charge allow for the comparison of a beautiful marriage to be compared to the atrocities in Texas?" one Twitter user wrote.

Calls for tighter gun regulations in the US have been prominent following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day, where 17 students and teachers were killed.