“Three days after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, it seems every new detail contradicts Tuesday’s initial statements from the Texas Department of Public Safety.”
“As more details about the school shooting emerge, it’s clear multiple law enforcement failures contributed to the tragic final death toll of 21 people.”
“Peter Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, had stopped at least 19 officers from breaking into the school as the gunman opened fire for at least an hour. Arredondo [claims that he] believed there was no active threat, so instead of sending officers in, he spent time finding keys that would let him into the school. During this time, however, [the gunman] had unencumbered access to carry out the attack. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed.”
– NBC News
“The attack […] also left at least 17 people wounded.”
– AP News
“Audio recordings from the scene capture officers from other agencies telling the school police chief that the shooter was still active and that the priority was to stop him.”
– CBC News
“Almost an hour elapsed as police restrained parents before an off-duty Border Patrol officer killed the gunman.”
“’When the cops came, the cop said: “Yell if you need help!” And one of the persons in my class said “help.” The guy overheard and he came in and shot her,’ [a witness] said.”
“Every officer in Texas has gone through active-shooter training and learns you go in without waiting — exactly the opposite of what officers did in Uvalde.”
– LA Times
“At 12:03 p.m., a 911 caller whispered that she was in Room 112 and that multiple people were dead. Ten minutes later, she said eight or nine students were still alive. More than half an hour later, a child calling from Room 111 said she could hear law enforcement officers next door. ‘Please send the police now,’ she pleaded.”
– LA Times
“But it was not until around 12:50 p.m. that police killed the gunman.”
– CBC News
“There was a more than 40-minute gap between when officers likely should have gone into the classroom to try to ‘neutralize’ the shooter and when they actually went in.”
Defund the Uvalde school police department.
Require mental health evaluations before allowing the purchase of firearms.
Mourn with those who have lost loved ones and pray that they might somehow find peace.
Let us remember this moment. Let us work together to prevent it from being repeated.