Panicked children and teachers placed half a dozen calls to 911 emergency services from the Texas classrooms where a massacre was unfolding, pleading for police to intervene, while roughly 20 officers waited in a hallway for nearly an hour before entering the room, authorities said on Friday.
At least two children called the 911 emergency number from the two connecting classrooms after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, according to Colonel Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
NBC News reports:
Police admitted to a stunning string of failures — including driving right by the gunman — in responding to the Texas school shooting while children were being massacred inside, with the head of the state’s Department of Public Safety saying the time for making excuses about the botched response was over.
The Friday news conference came after days of confusion, inconsistencies and a muddled timeline of law enforcement’s response to the rampage at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Speaking on the delay in breaching the classroom where the shooter was, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said that “from the benefit of hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. There’s no excuse for that.”
Chilling details continue to emerge about Tuesday’s mass shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
One of the young survivors told CNN that she and her classmates were watching a movie when the shooter entered her room and shot her teacher and many of her friends. According to officials, the shooter was in the school for up to an hour and had barricaded himself inside adjoining classrooms.
As all this was taking place, parents had joined dozens of law enforcement officers outside the school, desperate to know if their children were still alive.
The New York Times reports:
The gunman is believed to have entered the school through a door that had been left propped open by a teacher, according to Mr. McCraw. The gunman went on to fire more than 100 rounds. Over the next 78 minutes, more than half a dozen harrowing 911 calls were made, at least two of them from students, describing unfolding carnage inside classrooms and begging for the police to come.
As many as 19 police officers were in a hallway inside the school shortly after noon, but Mr. McCraw said they made “no effort” to breach the classroom door. Asked what he would say to parents, Mr. McCraw’s response was a mix of defiance and resignation. “What do I say to the parents?” he asked. “I don’t have anything to say to the parents, other than what happened. We are not here to defend what happened, we are here to report the facts.”
The Washington Post reports:
Police were reluctant to immediately engage with the gunman who spent an hour inside the elementary school in Uvalde, Tex., where he killed 19 children and two adults because “they could’ve been shot,” a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a CNN interview.
“At that point, if they proceeded any further not knowing where the suspect was at, they could’ve been shot, they could’ve been killed, and that gunman would have had an opportunity to kill other people inside that school,” Chris Olivarez said.
They expect teachers to do what their SWAT TEAM was too terrified to do.
That’s common logic amongst law enforcement types… suspects who panic deserve to be beaten or killed because they should have remained calm, but officers who injure or kill a civilian after panicking need to be forgiven because of the stress and danger associated with the job.
The Uvalde police department bragged about their “SWAT team” on their Facebook page earlier in the year. They did active shooter drills at local schools. Then when it mattered, they did nothing.
Worth noting… Texas loves to tell the federal govt to leave them the Hell alone when it comes to issues like legislating access to guns, yet when faced with a very real threat from an active shooter, these state and local law enforcement entities decided to stand by and wait for federal CBP forces to take out the shooter.
Most chilling of all is he said that they have to do better next time. Because he knows there’ll be a next time.
Nowhere else. In. The. World.
(Yesterday’s NYT morning newsletter.)
6 thoughts on “Police Admit “Wrong Decisions” In TX Mass Shooting”
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There is SO MUCH logic behind SANE thinkers … but the Repukes have an agenda and that is far more important that anyone’s life. (As has been proved again and again and again and …)
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P.S. I especially liked the way he emphasized a “well-regulated” militia. The Repukes like to think everyone is part of the “militia” so they can have and use guns. They completely IGNORE the well-regulated part.
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Hello Nan. Because it fits their Rambo fantasy. They are the good guy with a gun. They are John Wayne. They are the hero of every movie in their minds, making the right choice when it is hard and saving the day! But reality is never that way. It is a dangerous cosplay. For years these same people said it was a loss of freedom if they couldn’t take an assault weapon to McDonalds. But they did not care about the loss of voting rights, loss of the country infrastructure, loss of clean water, unsafe food, they ignored as the very things that made a quality life was taken away from them for profit of the wealthy they bought into the idea that guns equaled their freedom. Seriously the wealthy fed them that line so the wealthy could rob them of the entire country, and these people bought it. Hugs
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Hello Nan. Well said. These same people talk about the gay agenda and the trans agenda, but the truth is neither of those groups have an agenda, but the Republican party does. They will force you to live as they demand or else, they will force you to worship as they do, they will force you to live by their traditionist ideas, they will force you to not be able to have public health measures, they will force you … and they love doing it. They love the power. Hugs
Hello Randy. YES! Plus she did it without a gun. Or a penis. She knew two thinks, her kids were in danger and those paid to protect them were busy doing crowd control. I could see your mom doing that. I also could see your mom leaving a few hurting police officers behind her. Hugs