As a composite timeline of horrific events surrounding the slaughter of 19 elementary school children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, begins to emerge, a mother of two Robb Elementary School students claims she was placed in handcuffs by federal agents at the scene of the tragedy, while other officers used their tasers and pepper-spray on frantic parents.
How things unfolded at the school has come under intense scrutiny after videos of parents begging police officers outside the school to do something to stop the active shooter surfaced. As American Wire News reported, inconsistencies and questions abound in the accounts of the day, including whether or not shots were fired outside the school and why law enforcement did not engage the shooter, who was left barricaded in a classroom full of children for between 30 and 60 minutes, sooner.
“They were doing nothing,” Angeli Rose Gomez told the Wall Street Journal.
Gomez, who has one child in second grade at Robb Elementary and another in third, persistently prodded the police to act.
“They were just standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or running anywhere,” she said.
In the video below, you can hear horrified parents urging the police to act.
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— d (@FykesJason) May 27, 2022
Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Victor Escalon presented on Thursday a fresh timeline of events in which shooter Salvador Ramos entered the school unobstructed, contradicting earlier reports that Ramos, 18, encountered a guard when he arrived.
“There was not an officer readily available and armed,” Escalon said.
According to the new timeline, after shooting his grandmother and crashing her truck in a ditch at 11:28 a.m., Ramos began shooting at people at a funeral home located across the street. It was these shots that prompted an 11:30 call to 911 of an active shooter at the school.
Ramos reportedly hopped an eight-foot chain-link fence onto the grounds of the school, where he began shooting outside before entering the school at 11:40, Escalon explained. At 11:44, Ramos exchanged gunfire with the first officers on the scene before barricading himself inside of a fourth-grade classroom.
Outside the school, Angeli Gomez says the U.S. Marshals hooked her up and claims she convinced a Uvalde police officer — someone she knew — to persuade the federal agents to release her.
But according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service, no one was placed in handcuffs by any deputy marshals.
“Our deputy marshals maintained order and peace in the midst of the grief-stricken community that was gathering around the school,” he said.
It’s a very different scene than the one Gomez describes. According to her account, one father was tackled to the ground and another was pepper-sprayed.
Once sprung from her cuffs, Gomez says she jumped the school fence, ran inside, snagged her kids, and raced out with them
Evacuated children were being loaded on buses, and when one father attempted to collect his child, Gomez says the officers used their tasers on him.
“They didn’t do that to the shooter, but they did that to us,” she said. “That’s how it felt.”
Online, the reported police response to the situation has sparked a storm of criticism, further politicizing a tragedy that has already spawned calls for censorship and gun control.
“Absolutely inexcusable. Fire everyone. Burn the entire book of protocols,” tweeted T.J. Moe. “The fact that law enforcement put more effort into stopping parents trying to save their kids instead of the psycho who was trying to murder the kids is the worst response I have ever seen.”
“If my child is in a horrific situation such as this I am going in and I will be armed,” said “Pat Gray Unleashed” co-host Keith Malinak. “If law enforcement doesn’t want this to occur then they will need to shoot me… in the back… as I’m running toward the building they are refusing to enter.”
And Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean issued a one-word response that spoke for many: “ENRAGED.”
Absolutely inexcusable. Fire everyone. Burn the entire book of protocols. The fact that law enforcement put more effort into stopping parents trying to save their kids instead of the psycho who was trying to murder the kids is the worst response I have ever seen. https://t.co/yTTbb04ncl
— T.J. Moe (@TJMoe28) May 26, 2022
If my child is in a horrific situation such as this I am going in and I will be armed.
If law enforcement doesn’t want this to occur then they will need to shoot me…in the back…as I’m running toward the building they are refusing to enter.
— Keith Malinak (@KeithMalinak) May 26, 2022
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) May 26, 2022
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