Uvalde School Shooting Failure
After the events at the Uvalde School Shooting, in late May of this year, many looked into what took so long for the shooter to be killed. When the footage from inside the school was released, it showed the police officers, whose job it is to protect the community, sitting in the hallways, while the shooter killed 19 children and 2 teachers. The police were in the school for over an hour before engaging the shooter all while he was killing students. Video surveillance from inside the school show the police checking their phones, as well as some police getting hand sanitizer from a dispenser. A report from an investigation into the terrible shooting said this “At Robb Elementary, law enforcement responders failed to adhere to their active shooter training, and they failed to prioritize saving innocent lives over their own safety,".
The police shouldn't be hesitating for even a second to go save those defenseless children. They were in full protection gear, and there was almost 400 law enforcement agents on the scene. Instead, they waited outside while students were being killed. The school district police chief in Uvalde, Pete Arredondo, said that he didn't treat the event as an active shooter incident because he never had visual contact with the shooter. Almost 150 gun shots going off in a school should be more than enough evidence of an active shooter. After the shooting, Pete Arredondo resigned from his position. It was later reported that Arredondo searched for a key into the classroom, despite no one even checking to see if the classroom was locked. Even if the door was unlocked, the law enforcement agents should have immediately broken down the door into the classroom, not spend the time to look for a key while children were dying.
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