Report: Some officers entered Uvalde school to save their children as other parents were held back

Americans were horrified this week when 19 students and 2 teachers were murdered at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. However, that horror continues to grow as more is learned about how authorities responded.

It’s now known that police waited almost an hour to confront the shooter. What’s more, a new report says that some officers who had children in the school rushed in even as other parents were held back. 

Parents preventing from entering school as police waited

According to The Wall Street Journal, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) official Victor Escalon laid out a new timeline of events during a press conference on Thursday.

He acknowledged that 18-year-old Salvador Ramos stood outside of Robb Elementary School for approximately 12 minutes firing his weapon prior. Escalon said that he could not explain why Ramos was not prevented from then entering the building.

The Journal spoke with residents who expressed anger over the fact that law enforcement did not take decisive action as the massacre unfolded.

Angeli Rose Gomez complained, “The police were doing nothing. They were just standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or running anywhere.”

Gomez says that she was handcuffed by U.S. Marshals, a claim that a spokesman for the U.S. Marshall Service told the Journal was untrue. Upon being freed, Gomez reportedly managed to evade police and enter the building before bringing her children out.

Video footage has since emerged showing law enforcement physically stopping other desperate parents from going in the school.

Some officers went in to get their kids

However, Texas DPS officer Juan Maldonado told the Washington Post that he and other Uvalde residents took it upon themselves to enter the school, saying, “We went in the building, we broke windows, we got kids out.”

Meanwhile, a DPS official told a local journalist that multiple officers went in to get their children.

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