Uvalde mass shooting

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Video: Police Didn't Try Uvalde Classroom Door

Law enforcement source says door might have been unlocked

(Newser) - In the 77 minutes that a Texas gunman was alone in two connected classrooms with Robb Elementary students and teachers, police didn't try to open the door, a law enforcement source said. Police later claimed they couldn't get into the rooms and were hunting for a key or...

Embattled Uvalde School Police Chief Explains His Actions

Pete Arredondo gives extensive interview for first time since school shooting

(Newser) - In his first extensive public comments since the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas, school district police chief Pete Arredondo tells the Texas Tribune he did not consider himself the incident commander, though that's the way the state Department of Public Safety has described him, and that he...

Uvalde Sweethearts to Be Buried Side by Side

Annabell Rodriguez, Xavier Lopez would text each other 'I love you,' say their moms

(Newser) - As toddlers, Annabell Rodriguez and Xavier Lopez played together at a trailer park where Xavier lived alongside Annabell's relatives. When the pair met again on the first day of fourth grade at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, they had no memory of those playdates, but they liked each other...

11-Year-Old Uvalde Survivor Tells Her Story to Congress

'I don't feel safe at school,' says Miah Cerrillo

(Newser) - A House panel is hearing this week from people affected by the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo , and testimony on Wednesday drew particular attention—it came from an 11-year-old survivor of the Uvalde school shooting. In the prerecorded video , fourth grader Miah Cerrillo recalled how she and her classmates...

At Uvalde City Council Meeting, a Big No-Show

Embattled school police chief Pete Arredondo, newly elected to council, bailed on his first meeting

(Newser) - The Texas school district police chief who's been accused of waiting too long to order law enforcement to confront the gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde has said that he'd "eventually" answer questions about the mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers last month....

McConaughey: They Had to Identify Uvalde Victim From These Shoes

Actor makes emotional speech at White House

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey made a surprise appearance at the White House on Tuesday and discussed some of the victims of the school shooting in his hometown, including 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez, who wanted to be a marine biologist. She wore green Converse shoes "with a heart she had hand drawn on...

Surviving Uvalde Teacher Will 'Never Forgive' Police

All 11 children in Arnulfo Reyes' classroom were killed in mass shooting

(Newser) - A teacher who survived the Uvalde mass shooting says there is "no excuse" for police standing by for 77 minutes while children and teachers were killed. Arnulfo Reyes is hospitalized with gunshot wounds and grieving the two teachers and 19 students who were killed—including all 11 third and...

'Thoughts and Prayers Won't Fix This': NY Changes Gun Law

Sale of semiautomatic rifles restricted to those 21 and older

(Newser) - New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative following a wave of deadly mass shootings, per the AP . Hochul, a Democrat, signed...

Chief Didn't Bring Police Radio to School

Pete Arredondo might not have known at first about the 911 calls coming from the classroom

(Newser) - The school district police chief who took charge of the response to the Uvalde shootings arrived quickly at Robb Elementary, while shots were still being fired inside. But Pete Arredondo didn't have a police radio with him, the New York Times reports. He called a police landline on a...

Biden Calls for Banning Assault Weapons

President pleads for Congress to act after mass shootings

(Newser) - Asking Americans "how much more carnage" they're willing to accept, President Biden implored Congress in a nationally televised address Thursday night to take steps in response to the nation's spate of mass shootings. The president said he wants assault weapons and high-capacity magazines banned, the Washington Post...

Lawmaker: Chief at Scene Wasn't Told of 911 Calls

Uvalde had a 'system failure' in communicating information, state senator says

(Newser) - The commander overseeing police during a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside, and it's unclear who at the scene was aware of the calls as the massacre of 19 students and two teachers unfolded, a...

Girl Scouts Honor Young Victim Killed Trying to Call 911

Organization presents family of Amerie Jo Garza with Bronze Star for risking her life to save others

(Newser) - Amerie Jo Garza was proud of the Girl Scout badges she'd earned. At her funeral on Tuesday, the organization demonstrated its pride in the 10-year-old girl who was shot to death in a Uvalde, Texas, classroom while trying to call for help. The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas announced...

Devastating Details of Slain Teacher's Final Phone Call Revealed

She was on the phone with her husband, a school district police officer who was outside

(Newser) - Eva Mireles' husband, Ruben Ruiz, is a school district police officer—and in the final minutes of his wife's life, Ruiz was on the phone with her as he stood outside her classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, barred from entering. "She’s in the classroom...

Uvalde Chief Says He'll Answer Questions 'Eventually'

'Whenever this is done and the families quit grieving, then we'll do that obviously'

(Newser) - The Uvalde school district police chief accused of making the "wrong decision" during last week's school shooting has made his first public comments since the day of the massacre—but he didn't shed any light on his actions. Pedro "Pete" Arredondo told CNN Wednesday that he...

Uvalde Teacher Closed Door, but It Didn't Lock

Police initially said she hadn't closed the door

(Newser) - Following the Uvalde mass school shooting, Texas state police initially said a Robb Elementary teacher had left an exterior door propped open and that's how the gunman entered the school. Now, they're significantly changing that story: The unnamed teacher did indeed prop a door open with a rock...

A Mass Student Strike Could Force Gun Legislation

A national strike could provide the 'hard power' that forces political change

(Newser) - Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Uvalde: these are some of the place names that will forever invoke images of horror and grief. We’ve been here before, faced with the familiar “misalignment” between political will and public consensus, according to Gal Beckerman, senior editor for the Atlantic, who argues that...

At the First Funeral for an Uvalde Victim, an Overflow Crowd

Town's funeral homes don't have space for all the victims of last week's shooting

(Newser) - A week after a gunman ran into a Texas grade school and started shooting, the first of 21 funerals began on Tuesday. Meanwhile, at least one family still hasn't seen the body of their loved one. Hundreds of mourners turned out for an afternoon Mass to remember Amerie Jo...

Uvalde's Elementary School May Be Razed

State lawmaker says Biden suggested it

(Newser) - This week was supposed to have been the fun first week of summer break for Robb Elementary School students. Instead, the first funeral visitations for students killed in last week's mass shooting have begun in Uvalde, Texas, reports the AP . As questions continue to be raised about all aspects...

Uvalde School Police Chief's Next Move Spurs Anger

Pete Arredondo's swearing-in to City Council has been delayed, however, amid children's funerals

(Newser) - The school police chief accused of holding back officers from a classroom in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, as a gunman murdered children inside will apparently take his place on the City Council, despite plenty of anger in his hometown. Pedro "Pete" Arredondo, the chief of police for...

Should the Public See What Gunshots Really Do to Bodies?

The Uvalde shooting has rekindled a long-running debate in the news media

(Newser) - What do high-velocity rounds from an AR-15 do to a child's body, and should the public see it? Last week's mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, has rekindled a debate about whether publishing graphic images might prompt more urgent, meaningful action. As the New York Times reports, families and...

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