Multiple Kids Made 911 Calls While Gunman Was Inside Uvalde School

More details are emerging about children’s 911 calls at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, as an 18-year-old gunman murdered 19 children and two adults at the elementary school. On Friday, Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw held a news conference to discuss an updated schedule of the shooting, the late police response and the students’ calls to 911.

“It’s better if I read it than you listen,” McCraw said before going over the calls and taking a moment to collect himself.

Without naming the children, McCraw said a student in Room 112 made four emergency calls: first at 12:03 p.m. for one minute and 23 seconds, whispering her location to first responders. She called back at 12:10 p.m. and said several people were dead. She then called at 12:13 p.m. and 12:16 p.m. and said that eight to nine students were alive in her classroom.

At 12:19 p.m., another student called 911 from room 111. “She hung up after another student told her to hang up,” McCraw explained. Two minutes later, three shots were heard from a second call. At 12:36, the same student called again for 21 seconds before making a final call and staying on the line.

“She told us he shot the door at 12:43 p.m.,” McCraw said. “At 12:47 she asked 911, ‘Please send the police now.'”

Minutes later, the student said she could hear on-site officers escorting students out of the classrooms. Later at the conference, while answering questions from reporters, McCraw said more than one of the 911 callers survived. He did not give any further details.

The 911 calls McCraw discussed were made as students waited more than 40 minutes for police officers to intervene with the school gunner and enter the school building, even though there were 19 officers on school property. McCraw explained that instead of entering the building, officers waited to enter – after being given a pass key – believing the gunman was barricaded and children were no longer in danger.

“Obviously it wasn’t the right decision,” McCraw said. “It was the wrong decision”

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/uvalde-shooting-911-calls-1359759/ Multiple Kids Made 911 Calls While Gunman Was Inside Uvalde School

Emma James

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