Uvalde shooting: Teacher who survived calls police ‘cowards’

All 11 students in Arnulfo Reyes’ classroom were killed when a gunman broke into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

WASHINGTON — An elementary school teacher of Robb’s, who was shot dead during the deadly May 24 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, criticized police for the slow response and vowed he killed the 19 children and two teachers involved in the attack were killed would not let them “die in vain”. ”

In an interview with ABC News, Arnulfo Reyes, who taught in Room 111, recalled the May 24 massacre for the first time.

Reyes said some children went home after a special end-of-year awards ceremony the elementary school hosted that day, but 11 of his third- and fourth-grade students stayed.

They were watching a movie when they heard gunshots. Reyes recalled to ABC News telling students to “go under the table” and “pretend to be asleep.” As they did so, Reyes said he turned and saw the gunman who shot him twice.

In the emotional interview with ABC, Reyes confirmed that all 11 of his students were killed in the second-deadliest school shooting in US history.

“I tell my parents, ‘I’m sorry. I tried my best what I was told,'” Reyes said. “Please do not be mad at me.”

From his San Antonio hospital room, Reyes vehemently criticized the police response to the active shooters’ situation, saying that he and his students “had nothing” while officers in bulletproof vests waited outside the classroom.

“They are cowards,” he said. “They sit there and have done nothing for our community. It took them a long time to get in… I’ll never forgive them.”

An investigation into the police response found the gunman spent nearly 80 minutes at the school before a Customs and Border Protection tactical team broke into the barricaded classrooms and killed the suspect, while students were making emergency calls inside and parents outside of the building with the law pleaded enforcement to save their children.

Reyes said he had five surgeries and two blood transfusions in the two weeks since the shooting.

The teacher added that the school’s lockdown drills had not adequately prepared him and his students for the mass shooting, and he believes the only way to prevent future massacres is to pass new legislation restricting access to Restrict firearms.

“We set them up to be like ducks,” Reyes said. “You can give us all the training you want, but gun laws need to change.

“I will not let these children and my staff die in vain. I won’t,” he continued. “I will go anywhere, to the ends of the earth, to not let my students die in vain. They didn’t deserve that. Nobody in this world deserves that kind of pain. No mother, nobody deserves this. I will go to the ends of the earth to make sure things change.”

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