Parents begged the police to enter the school

Every day we learn new information about the tragic events at an elementary school in Ovaldi, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers lost their lives at the hands of the 18-year-old killer, and 17 others were injured.

There are more and more negative opinions about the police response to the shooting. Videos surfaced online showing parents asking, or even begging, for the police to come and confront the attacker. Many of them, in the face of the inactivity of the officers, wanted to do it themselves, but were not accepted into the school by the policemen who arrived on the scene.

According to the reports of several media outlets citing witnesses to the events present at the scene, mobile phone recordings posted on the Internet and interviews between services, criticism of police actions may be justified.

After arriving near the school, a fully armed, protective suit of an 18-year-old opened fire on two people on the other side of the street. Then he jumped over the fence and headed towards the school and shot the building from a distance. By law, this school had armed security and had to comply with the requirement that all doors in the classrooms and the building be closed during classes.

It appears that the attacker did not encounter any security on the way to the entrance. Its hard to locate at the moment, despite the shots he fired at the building.

There are also many indications that the school door was not locked.

According to witnesses, the killer arrived at the school and entered it without any problems.

Media reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the police, who arrived, were afraid of confrontation with the killer. According to some sources, a few minutes after he entered the building, two policemen tried to reach him, but failed to do so. No further attempts were made.

In the next hour, the officers were outside waiting for the special units, when gunshots were heard and parents were begging for action or permission to storm the school themselves.

Only after the arrival of the special tactical units of the border guards, it was decided to enter.

At this stage, it is not yet clear whether the attacker immediately opened fire on the children with whom he was immune in the classroom from the very beginning, or only at the time of the attack by the special services.

We know that 19 students, mostly from the third and fourth grades of primary school, and two teachers were killed. Another 17 people, mostly children, were wounded. The day after a chronic heart attack, the husband of the young school teacher Irma Garcia died – the couple were orphaned of four children.

Javier Cazares, whose daughter Jacqueline Cazares, a fourth-grade student, was killed in a shootout, told The Associated Press that he is considering storming the school with other parents, frustrated by alleged police inaction.

He suggested the other parents “break in because the cops aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do.” However, the police stopped them. “We wanted to break into the building,” Casares said. “We were very worried and wanted to get our children out.”

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A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety acknowledged that police did not enter the school immediately, but said that officers at the time were calling for reinforcements and “the evacuation of students and teachers.”

Where were the bodyguards?

Under Uvald Independent School District protocol, school campuses they must It has armed personnel “to patrol driveways, parking lots and school yards.” Teachers must close the door at all times.

We’ll find out why it opened,” said Texas Ranger Victor Escalon. “Or it may have been closed. But at the moment it appears to have been opened.”

Authorities have not made an explicit statement of the tragic events, but a spokesman for the Ministry of Security said that Salvador Ramos, 18, “met” a police officer at the school outside the building, and the shootout reportedly resulted in the officer’s injury. He added that two other armed employees of Uvalde who arrived at the site a little later tried to enter, but were wounded in another firefight, after which Ramos barricaded himself with the victims in a classroom.

“Much of how the events unfolded remains unclear,” including the question of whether the police could “intervene earlier to prevent Ramos from reaching class” or “enter early” remains unanswered. – The Washington Post writes.

The Associated Press, citing a law enforcement officer, reported that the Border Patrol agents “had a problem breaking the classroom door and had to ask the school employee (!) to open this room with a key.”

“Ramos remained in the classroom for some time before the police entered and it is not clear whether he killed the students immediately after he barricaded himself in, or just before the police entered” – WP reports. “At 12:52 the sounds of gunshots were still audible” (the attacker was killed at 1 pm).

It is also known that among the police delegates there were those who lost relatives. One of the slain teachers, Eva Meirelles, was the wife of a policeman from the Ovaldi School, and the daughter of the sheriff’s deputy was among the children slain.

Uvalde Joins America’s Long and Terrifying Shooting List

It’s the deadliest US school shooting in years: In 2018, 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; In 2012, the killer from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killed 26 people. This is the 27th school shooting this year alone, and the total number of victims is already 46, the vast majority of whom are children and teens.

Who is Salvador Ramos?

The motives behind this deadly shootout are not yet known. Apparently, Ramos was harassed by other students, often referred to as bullying, while still in elementary school, the media reported. Presumably, he was calm, did not actively participate in the lives of his peers – but this is anecdotal information.

Several social media users interviewed by ABC News said the 18-year-old had posted videos and pictures of other people’s guns on various social media platforms. Law enforcement agencies have been notified and are reviewing footage of the alleged news.

ABC News sources say Ramos legally purchased two AR rifles on May 22. That was just two days before the shooting and six days after his eighteenth birthday.

In a nationwide address Tuesday night, President Biden called on lawmakers to pass “common sense laws for firearms.” As vice president, he tried unsuccessfully to introduce global censorship of criminal history, ban the sale of new offensive weapons, or ban possession of large-capacity magazines.

Why are we ready to live with this carnage? Why do we allow this? Where is the backbone in the name of God, our courage to stand up to lobbyists?– he asked during the speech on Tuesday evening. “It is time to turn this pain into action. On behalf of every parent and every citizen, we must make it clear to every elected official in this country that it is time to act.”

Despite this appeal, several Republicans, including Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Jim Inhoff of Oklahoma, publicly rejected the prospect of passing gun control laws in response to the shooting. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz, along with former President Donald Trump and former President Donald Trump, are also expected to attend the Texas National Rifle Association convention on Friday, May 27, just 3 days after the fatal shooting in Texas. Yuvaldi School. The official website says the theme of the convention is “Celebrating the Rights of the Second Amendment.” The Texas governor is scheduled to speak Friday night, to report on legislative efforts so far to relax gun laws.

Ovaldi’s penalty shootout is unlikely to change the status quo significantly. At least that’s what experience shows so far. As always, the voices for change have already been raised. And, as usual, opposition politicians fiercely resisted them. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated that he will vote on a bill extending criminal background checks before guns can be sold, but that it would require 60 votes to be adopted, which is unlikely in the current Senate.


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