‘You played dead’: After the Texas massacre, survivors tell the horror

A child in front of the Ovaldi Massacre Memorial, Texas, on May 27, 2022. (© AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA)

On the eve of President Joe Biden’s visit, the first testimonies of children who survived were Uvald massacre Appears on Saturday, May 28, 2022, describing the horror at this school in Texas where I The shooter killed 19 students and two schools.

The day before, Texas authorities took responsibility, admitting that the police had made a “bad decision” not to enter the building quickly.

It took the police about an hour on Tuesday to put an end to the massacre, despite numerous calls from children to intervene. The 19 agents present at the site were waiting for the intervention of a specialized unit of the border police.

“You will all die”

Inside, children were locked up with the shooter, barely 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

Entering the room, the latter slammed the door, telling the children, “You’re all going to die,” before they opened fire, one survivor, Samuel Salinas, 10, told of the chain. ABC Friday.

“I think he was shooting at me,” the child testified, but a chair between him and the shooter blocked the shot.

In the bloodied room, Samuel Salinas tried to “play dead” so that gunshots wouldn’t target him.

A woman holds a portrait of Neva Bravo, a young victim of the massacre at a school in Ovaldi, Texas, during a vigil on May 25, 2022.
A woman holds a portrait of Neva Bravo, a young victim of the massacre at a school in Ovaldi, Texas, during a vigil on May 25, 2022. (© AFP/Alison Dinner)

covered in buddy’s blood

Miah Cerrillo, 11, tried to escape the attention of Salvador Ramos in the same way. She explained that the girl covered herself with the blood of her companion, whose body was next to her CNNin unpolished testimony.

She had just seen a teenager kill his teacher, after telling her “Goodnight”.

Another student, Daniel, told the newspaper Washington Post That while the victims were waiting for the police to arrive and rescue them, no one screamed.

I was scared and exhausted because the bullets almost hit me.

DanielA student at Ovaldi School, a survivor of the massacre

“Stay calm”

Her teacher, who was wounded in the attack but survived, begged the students to “keep calm” and “stay calm”.

One child, also hit by a bullet, had kindly asked her teacher to call the police, saying she was “bleeding a lot,” said Daniel, who can no longer sleep alone and has nightmares.

His mother, Briana Ruiz, said the children who survived are “traumatized, and will have to live with it their whole lives”.

Samuel Salinas also said he had nightmares in which he saw the shooter. The thought of going back to school, or even seeing your classmates, is still scary.

“I’m not looking forward,” he said, adding that he wanted to “stay home” and “rest.”

A child cries outside the memorial to the murder victims in Ovaldi, Texas, on May 26, 2022.
A child cries outside the memorial to the murder victims in Ovaldi, Texas, on May 26, 2022. (© AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA)

Biden Sunday

These testimonies only added to the controversy over the police response.

Pressured by reporters to explain their much-criticized response time, Stephen McCro, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said law enforcement believes there “might be no other survivors.

However, police received numerous calls from several people in the two affected classrooms, including one from a child at 12:16 p.m., more than half an hour before the police intervened at 12:50 p.m., warning that “eight to Nine students said makro.

The President of the United States and his wife, Jill Biden, are heading to Yuvaldi, Sunday, to “share in mourning” for the residents of this small town who suffered one of the worst gun massacres in recent years in the country.

Epidemic of armed violence

The shooting, dubbed “the new Sandy Hook” by the American press, in reference to the horrific massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut in 2012, awakened American trauma.

The faces of the very young victims, ages 9 to 11, were repeatedly broadcast on television, and the testimonies of their decimated relatives moved the country, reigniting a wave of calls for better regulation of firearms.

The Democratic president, who has regularly denounced the “epidemic” of gun violence, has so far failed to pass major gun control legislation.

The shootings in the United States in 2022.
The shootings in the United States in 2022. (© AFP/Valentin Rakovsky)

Source: © 2022 AFP

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