As more information continues to be released concerning the horrific mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, millions of Monday Morning Quarterbacks are blowing up the airways, social media, and conversations at local coffee houses.
Texas Department Public Safety spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez confirmed to a reporter during a live shot that police officers went into Robb Elementary School to get their own children during the massacre.
Amid outrage over reports that frantic families who complained about police inaction during the massacre were held back by police, a clip of a live interview with Olivarez from Tuesday has gone viral.
In the clip, Vanessa Croix of KENS 5 says she’s heard that police went into the school to get their own kids while the shooting was going on, asks Lt. Olivarez about it:
VANESSA CROIX: And we’ve also heard word that a Border Patrol agent was struck with gunfire. A few officers shot. We’ve heard that some law enforcement officers actually went into school to get their kids out. Can you talk about that?
LT. CHRISTOPHER OLIVAREZ: Right. So what we do know, Vanessa, right now, that there was some police officers, families trying to get their children out of school because it was a active shooter situation right now. It’s a terrible situation right now. And of course, just as we mentioned, the loss of life. It’s just a terrible, it’s a terrible tragedy of another took place. But again, we’ve got to keep acknowledging those brave men and women that actually were there on scene that met this suspect. And, of course, we know that they were met with gunfire. Some of them were shot. But at the end of this, the suspect was shot, is now deceased. The threat is now neutralized.
Via KENS 5
So we now have confirmation that police went into the building to get their own children out, while we also have video of parents being pinned to the ground and threatened with tasers by police officers outside to prevent them from doing the same thing. https://t.co/iQwLMYTs3C
— Kelcie Moseley-Morris (@KelcieMMorris) May 26, 2022
The clip was flagged by Twitter Blue Check influencers, leading to it going viral:
It's not super explicit but this does sound like Texas DPS spokesman Lt. Chris Olivarez confirming that cops entered the school to save their own children during the shooting while police were holding back families and refusing to go in outside. https://t.co/YNRZ1ObxwA
— Evan Hill (@evanhill) May 26, 2022
No words. https://t.co/nr3ZeeLyA0
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) May 26, 2022
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) May 26, 2022
"some police officers wanted to get THEIR children out of the school because it was an active shooter situation" https://t.co/2rjPQXvspH
— maura quint (@behindyourback) May 26, 2022
Without thorough initial and ongoing training for those in blue, emotions can get the best of them when they are confronted with an unexpected emergency.
Before we all continue the dogpiling of these officers, I pose a question.
Would YOU, if possible, during the initial stages of a school shooting, get your kids out first, then go help the other children or would you take the chance of your children dying while you try to help the other children first?
A terrible moral situation for any parent to ever be in, but I believe training for the school officials and first responders, along with a secure facility probably would have prevented any of the officers from having to make these life and death decisions in the first place.
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