Texas school shooting: ‘We failed with these kids’: ‘We failed with these kids’: ‘We failed with these kids’: Agony is compounded by outrage over latest details of massacre of the primary school of Uvalde

Local funeral homes are so overwhelmed that it will take weeks to bury some of the 19 children and two teachers killed Tuesday at Robb Elementary School.

And days after the massacre, families of the victims learned more about what really happened in Classrooms 111 and 112 during their loved ones’ final moments.

“The devastating injuries that many of these children suffered, there is no doubt that some of these children bled to death while waiting for the police to enter,” said CNN law enforcement analyst Charles Ramsey. , former Philadelphia Police Commissioner.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that probably took place,” Ramsey said Sunday. “There is no way to justify this.”

But it’s not fair to lay all the blame on the school district’s police chief, who authorities say made the decision not to immediately break into a classroom door, the school district said Sunday. Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio.

“In the end, everyone failed here,” he said. “We failed those kids. We even failed them in the Texas Legislature.”

It’s unclear what changes will occur at the state or federal level to help curb school shootings and public killings. The Uvalde Elementary School massacre marked at least the 30th shooting at a K-12 school in the first five months of this year alone.

President Joe Biden visited Uvalde on Sunday to offer his sympathy and support. Just 12 days earlier, Biden traveled to New York state after a racist massacre at a Buffalo grocery store left 10 people dead.

The suspects in both massacres were 18 years old and had legally purchased their guns.

The disturbing new timeline

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In active shooter situations, all Texas law enforcement officers are trained to move and engage the attacker, per the active shooter guidelines in the State Commission on Enforcement Training Manual of the 2020 law.

“As first responders, we must recognize that innocent life must be defended,” the manual says. “A first responder who does not want to put the lives of innocent people above their own safety should consider another career field.”

These guidelines were apparently not followed at Uvalde.

After days of public outcry, authorities in Texas have released a clearer timeline of how the tragedy unfolded.

Uvalde police officers entered the school about two minutes after the shooter, said Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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But the incident commander at the scene — the school district’s police chief — felt the situation had gone from an active shooter to a “barricaded subject,” McCraw said.

It’s unclear why District Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo believed this. Arredondo called on officers not to enter the classroom while waiting for the room key and tactical gear, officials said.

During a roughly 70-minute window, officers entered the building and called for more resources, such as equipment and negotiators, McCraw said.

Up to 19 officers stood in the hallway for more than 45 minutes before police entered the classroom.

Eventually, members of a Border Patrol tactical team arrived on the scene, entered the classroom and killed the shooter, more than an hour after the mass shootings began.

McCraw said the decision not to enter the classroom earlier was a bad decision and officers should have confronted the shooter immediately.

Donations of blood, food and funeral services

A teddy bear sits in front of crosses with the names of the 21 victims killed at Robb Elementary School.

Since the massacre, graduations and other celebratory events have been canceled as the community mourns the heartbreaking loss of some of its most vulnerable.

Uvalde Funeral Homes have pledged to cover costs for the families of the 21 victims, with some services starting on Monday.

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“We fought together as a community and will stand together now in times of need,” Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home wrote on its Facebook page.
The Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary echoed support for the Uvalde community: “Today our resolve is stronger than ever. We are here for the people of Uvalde,” the funeral home said on day of the shooting.

Even strangers have traveled for hours to help those suffering in Uvalde.

Omar Rodriguez, owner of a car detailing business, made 250 burgers to raise money for the families of the victims.

At a friend’s house on Main Street, Rodriguez set up a large grill, tables and cooking supplies while family and friends grabbed car wash rags and soap for a donation.

Children are the pride and joy of Uvalde.  After the school shooting, the city is reeling from a mass tragedy

The 24-year-old said he couldn’t just stay at home knowing there was something he could do to help.

“It’s a good little town,” Rodriguez said. “There is only love here.”

Patrick Johnson, 58, drove seven hours from his hometown of Harleton, Texas to Uvalde and set up a table full of toys for the kids who haven’t smiled in days.

“There are lots of ways to be a blessing to people,” he said. “Whenever something like this happens, I do my research and contact local law enforcement and ask ‘what can I do? What does your community need right now?”

Johnson, a father of four, said he broke down and cried when he heard about the shooting.

“I’m not even from this community, but it hurts. It makes you think of your own kids,” Johnson said. “It makes you realize that it could have been you, mourning your children.”

CNN’s Nicole Chavez, Alaa Elassar, Ed Lavandera, Jasmine Wright and Nicky Robertson contributed to this report.

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