Harrowing videos captured the heartbreaking wails of parents begging cops to “protect the kids!” during the Texas school shooting — with some suggesting they are “just rushing” the school itself.
Livestream footage captured the excruciating agony as parents rushed to Robb Primary School in Uvalde, where deranged gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, was inside for up to an hour when he killed 19 children and two teachers.
“What are you doing – get in the building!” One person howled in one of the clips while another yelled, “Go protect the children!”
Ramos, 18, broke into the school, although he was confronted outside by an officer who did not open fire, officials said Wednesday. He was inside for up to an hour when SWAT officers reportedly waited for an employee to bring a key to the classroom where he was barricaded.
One of the disturbing clips, which has been viewed almost 2 million times as of Thursday, shows several parents trying to get past police cordons. A woman appeared to be pinned to the ground by an officer while a bystander yelled, “What the hell are you doing to her? Let her go!”
Another clip caught even more angry parents confronting officers standing outside, with the live streamer saying it’s been “about an hour and they still can’t get the kids all out.”
“That’s freakin’ crazy bro – they’re all standing outside [and] There’s still fucking kids in there, man,” he said.
A mother yelled at an officer: “Are you afraid of being shot? I’m going in without a vest – I will!” the mother yells.
When an officer tells them to stand down, one mother wails, “You don’t understand!” Another yells, “Are your kids in there? No!”
The person filming the livestream told an officer, “Half these f***ing parents here, dude, they want to go in there — no vests, no guns — to get their f***ing kids.”
Javier Cazares – whose daughter Jacklyn Cazares was one of the 19 children shot dead in her fourth grade classroom – was one of the distraught parents at the scene. He called police officers “unprepared”.
He said he suggested with others at the scene, “Let’s just barge in because the cops aren’t doing anything they should be doing.”
He complained that the Bulls were “unprepared” and insisted “more could have been done”.
Juan Carranza, 24, who witnessed the whole thing from his house across from Robb’s elementary school, also recalled yelling at women police officers: “Get in there! Go in there!”
He was outraged that they hadn’t gotten the shooter sooner. “There were more. There was only one of him,” he said.
The first officer had confronted Ramos – who was carrying an AR-style rifle – after colliding with his grandmother’s truck outside the school and then ran towards the building around 11:30am on Tuesday.
Shots were not exchanged and Ramos was able to get into the school. The officer then “immediately followed him in,” which “were exchanged as rounds,” Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said Wednesday.
The deranged gunman ran down a hallway to two adjacent classrooms and barricaded himself there, the officer revealed.
“And this is where the carnage began,” McCraw said as the 19 children and two teachers who were shot were all in the same room.
McCraw on Wednesday declined to give an exact timetable, saying only that Ramos was at school between 40 minutes and an hour.
A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that border guards had trouble breaching the classroom door and had to get an employee to open the room with a key.
Despite the criticism, McCraw defended the response Wednesday.
“The bottom line was that law enforcement was there,” he said defensively. “They got involved straight away. They contained (Ramos) in the classroom.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also insisted the school shooting — the deadliest since the deaths of 20 children and six adults in Sandy Hook in 2012 — “could have been worse” had it not been for officials’ response.
“They showed amazing courage in running for gunfire to save lives,” the governor said.
“They were able to save lives,” he said, admitting, “Unfortunately, not enough.”
With postal wires
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/videos-show-parents-begging-cops-to-stop-texas-school-shooting/ Videos show parents begging police officers to stop the shooting at a Texas school