Law enforcement officers responding to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last month spent more than an hour waiting for a key to open a door that was still unlocked.
But no one knew, because no one tried to open it in the first place.
In stunning testimony Tuesday, Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told Texas lawmakers what he called an “abject failure” of a police response to the shooting, during of which a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.
This failure included failing to check the classroom door to see if it was locked.
“I don’t believe, based on the information we currently have, that this door was ever secured,” McCraw told the state Senate.
“The door wasn’t secure and, we went back and checked our interviews, and [asked], “Has anyone touched the door and tried it?” he continued. “Do you need a key?” Well, one of the things they teach you in active shooter training: How about trying the door and seeing if it’s unlocked? »
“And of course no one had,” McCraw said.
McCraw said that even though the door had been locked, law enforcement officers responding to a school shooting had tools and other means to force open a door.