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Teacher injured in Texas school shooting slams police as ‘cowards’

A teacher injured in last month’s school shooting in Texas called first responders ‘cowards’ for standing outside his classroom as the gunman killed his 11 young students as they tried to play dead.

“You have a bulletproof vest, I had nothing. You are meant to protect and serve. There is no excuse for their actions and I will never forgive them. I will never forgive them,” Arnulfo Reyes said in an interview with “Good Morning America” on Tuesday from a hospital, where he is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Elementary school teacher Robb said his class was watching a movie after a student awards ceremony around 11:30 a.m. on May 24 when they heard gunshots. He ordered the children to get under a table, just as they had been trained, and told them to “act as if you were sleeping”.

When he turned around, he said the shooter was standing in his classroom and shooting him multiple times.

“I said to myself, I told my kids to pretend they were sleeping, so I’m going to pretend I was sleeping too,” he said of an ordeal that would last around 80 minutes. “And I prayed and prayed that I wouldn’t hear any of my students speak.”

The shooter killed 19 students – including all the children in Reyes’ class – and two teachers during the rampage.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said several officers entered the school building minutes after the killer, but were met with gunfire and retreated. The school’s police chief made the ‘wrong decision’ to delay a confrontation with the shooter, the director of public safety said, even though more than a dozen officers stood outside. the classroom as the massacre continued.

After waiting for more than an hour in the hallway of the school building, an ad hoc team of officers defied orders to stand by and stormed the classroom, killing the shooter.

Reyes said he heard a student in a nearby classroom scream for help after officers first entered the building and then left. Although the cops apparently didn’t hear the girl, the shooter did. Reyes said he could hear him walking over to where the child was lying and firing his gun again.

A fourth-grade student who survived the shooting said in a previous interview that his classmate was shot and killed after she shouted ‘help’ when officers asked children to shout if they needed help. assistance.

Reyes, crying, expressed regret that he couldn’t do more to save his students, but said they were helpless.

“We set them up to be like ducks,” he said.

In a message to parents of students, he said: “I’m sorry. I did my best. Please don’t be mad at me.

He pledged to advocate for an increase in the age limit to buy an AR-type rifle like the one used in the attack. The killer legally purchased two of the assault weapons days after his 18th birthday.

“I will go to the end of the world to make sure things change,” Reyes said.


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