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on the eve of the President’s visit Joe BidenThe first testimony of surviving children of the Uvalde massacre came to light this Saturday, describing the horrors at this Texas school in the southern United States where a young gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.
A day earlier, Texas officials acknowledged their guilt by admitting The police had made a “wrong decision” by not entering early. After getting the information, reached the education center. On Tuesday, it took the police nearly an hour to finish the massacre, despite several pleas for intervention by the children. The 19 agents present at the spot were waiting for the intervention of a special unit of the Border Police. Several United States media identified this Saturday Pedro “Pete” Arredondo Like the police chief of the Uvalde School District (Texas) who delayed agents entering the classroom by almost an hour.
Inside, a group of students were locked in a classroom with shooter Salvador Ramos, who was just 18 years old and armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a tactical vest. Upon entering the classroom, Ramos closed the door and addressed the children: “You’re all going to die.”Before the shooting, a survivor, 10-year-old Samuel Salinas, told ABC Channel on Friday.
“I think he was targeting me,” the boy confessed, but a chair between him and the shooter stopped the bullet. Lying on the floor of the classroom covered in blood, Samuel Salinas, not being the target of shots, played dead.
On his part, 11-year-old Mia Cerillo similarly tried to avoid the attention of Salvador Ramos. There was a girl covered in the blood of a partner, whose corpse was next to him, explained CNN in an unpublished testimony. He had just seen the teenager hitting his teacher saying “goodnight”.
Another student, Daniels, told the Washington Post newspaper that while the victims waited for police to come to their rescue, no one shouted. “I was scared and stressed, because the bullets almost hit me”, Told. His teacher, who was injured in the attack but survived, whispered to the students to “keep calm” and “keep calm”.
One girl, who was also shot, politely asked her teacher to call the police, saying she was “bleeding profusely,” said Daniel, who could no longer sleep alone and had nightmares. come. children who survived “They are in shock and will have to live with it for the rest of their lives”Emphasized on his mother, Briana Ruiz.
Samuel Salinas also said that he had nightmares in which he saw the shooter. The thought of going back to school or seeing classmates is still terrifying. “I don’t really feel that way,” he confessed, adding that he wanted to “stay home” and “relax.”
These evidences only escalated the controversy surrounding the police response. Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw, pressured by reporters to explain his critical response time, said Friday that law enforcement believes “It was possible that no one else survived”,
However, police received several calls from several people from the two affected classrooms, including a child’s phone call at 12:16, half an hour before police intervened at 12:50 with warnings that “eight and nine The students were alive in between,” Macrow admitted.
On Sunday, the President of the United States and his wife jill biden They will go to Uvalde to “share the grief” of residents of this small town, frustrated by one of the worst massacres with a firearm in the country in recent years. This shooting was described in the American press. “Nuvo Sandy Hook”The US is traumatized by similar firearms incidents, referring to the horrific massacre at a Connecticut elementary school in 2012.
The faces of very young victims, aged 9 to 11, are repeatedly broadcast on television, and the testimonies of their devastated loved ones have shocked the nation. Call for better regulation of firearms, something that has not yet been agreed upon in the Congress due to deep divisions. Biden, who has regularly condemned the “epidemic” of gun violence, has so far failed to pass any major legislation to control the sale and use of weapons by civilians.
The police action in the Uvalde shooting is the object of many more angry criticisms by families and the general public on social networks and media, noting that security forces could have acted more quickly. , Yesterday, Republican Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, pointed out that it is necessary to guarantee “A thorough investigation” Police response in response to the shooting.
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