A Texas House special investigative committee investigating the Uvalde school massacre found several mistakes had occurred leading up to the horror, involving everyone from law enforcement to social media platforms, one said Sunday report.
Other culprits included the school itself, Robb Elementary and the shooter’s family, CNN said, noting they had an early copy of the probe’s results.
The panel was also due to officially release surveillance footage of the school’s hallway during the May 24 attack that left 21 dead. The Austin American-Statesman released the surveillance footage Tuesday after it was leaked to the newspaper.
The report is expected to include detailed statements from about 40 people who spoke to the committee, including the school principal, a teacher, the district superintendent, supervisory staff, members of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the school district police chief, CNN reported.
The results are expected to include a full timeline and sequence of events, details on the shooter, a law enforcement manifesto and direct quotes from people who testified, outlet sources told.
The committee’s chairman, Republican Rep. Dustin Burrows, vowed the group would do “everything in its power” to answer questions about the massacre and provide facts about what happened “before, during, and after this tragedy.”
Relatives of those killed or injured in the attack should have an opportunity to view hallway surveillance video showing law enforcement’s response to the shooting before meeting with the committee, the outlet reported.
Late Saturday, Uvalde and Texas officials received printed copies of the report over concerns it would be leaked to the press before families had a chance to read it, officials who received the report told the outlet.
The move came after the American statesman released the surveillance footage, sparking a wave of outrage from officials and families who were upset that the materials were released publicly before they had a chance to review them.
The newspaper defended its decision in an editorial, saying the public has a right to see them.
The report comes nearly two months after gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, stormed into Robb Elementary School and shot dead 19 children and two teachers.
Local law enforcement responding to the scene became angered because they waited in a school hallway for more than an hour before taking down the shooter.
Ramos was eventually killed by the authorities.
Additional reporting by MaryAnn Martinez
https://nypost.com/2022/07/17/texas-house-probe-on-uvalde-shooting-cites-multiple-failures-report/ Texas House investigation into Uvalde shooting cites multiple errors: report