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Killing in a school in Texas: the intervention of the police during the shooting at the heart of a controversy

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The drama of Uvalde in Texas, where 22 people including 19 schoolchildren lost their lives, raises many questions. At the heart of the interrogations the decision of the police, who arrived quickly on the spot, who preferred to wait for the arrival of a specialized unit. One controversy can hide another. While the Uvalde massacre relaunches the eternal debate on the circulation of arms in the United States, the intervention of the police forces also raises more and more questions. The latest details provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on the shooting, which occurred Tuesday at the Robb school, differ, indeed, significantly from the first accounts of the police and raise questions about the security measures in force in the primary school and on the intervention of the police. To read also: Shooting in a school in Texas: Marissa, Xavier, Uziyah… who are these victims that America mourns? First anomaly raised, the authorities announced Thursday that the author of the shooting had entered the establishment without being worried, while the school district of Uvalde has a policy of locking all the entrances to the establishments, as well as the doors of the classrooms, for safety reasons. But a pupil explained that some doors had not been locked that day, in order to allow parents to come and go in the establishment on the occasion of an award ceremony. Parents beg police to intervene The new details were released by authorities hours after videos emerged showing desperate parents outside Robb Elementary School during the attack. They were begging officers at the scene to intervene, and some of them had to be subdued. ALSO READ: Texas shooting: ‘He died of grief’, husband of slain teacher dies of heart attack while that which targeted the schoolchildren of Uvalde lasted between 40 minutes and an hour, according to the various testimonies. Victor Escalon, South Texas regional director for the state Department of Public Safety, said Salvador Ramos walked into elementary school 12 minutes after crashing his grandfather’s pickup truck. mother. He then fired shots at people near the school. Police wait The first police arrived “four minutes later” but backed off after the 18-year-old shot at them, preferring to wait for a specialist unit to arrive. The gunman then entered the school, where he killed 19 children and two teachers, opening fire in a classroom, while continuing to target police outside. Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez confirmed that his men “responded within minutes” that day to a call from the stormed school and recalled that a police officer had been injured. “I understand that questions arise regarding the details of what happened, he conceded. I know that the answers will not come quickly enough during this difficult time, but rest assured that with the conclusions of the investigation ahead, I will be able to answer any questions we can.” To read also: “Mom, you are a heroine”: the heartbreaking letter from the daughter of a teacher killed in the shooting in Texas Questioned by journalists, Rolando Reyes, the grandfather of the killer, presented his apologies on Thursday to the families. “I have a lot of pain,” he explained, assuring that he did not know that his grandson, residing at home because of a conflict with his mother, had bought weapons. Before the Uvalde massacre, the young man shot his 66-year-old grandmother, seriously wounding her in the face. The husband of one of the two teachers killed at Robb School died on Thursday of “grief”, family members said. US President Joe Biden will travel with his wife to Uvalde on Sunday to support the families of the victims. Read also: Shooting in a school in Texas: “Enough is enough!”, angry NBA stars demand changes

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