News reports have been citing as fact the Uvalde Police claims that the teenage shooter entered the classroom at Robb Elementary School through a door that was left propped open by a school teacher.
But according to the San Antonio Express-News, the teacher’s lawyer says she closed the door shut after she was informed an active shooter was on the loose.
The teenager killed 19 children and two teachers with an assault weapon he was able to obtain legally and easily as soon as he turned 18. He was also apparently allowed to pay off the AR-15 he used on a payment plan. The teacher, who remains unidentified, called 911 to report an accident near the school involving a black truck, which later turned out to belong to the gunman, who had also shot his grandmother, said the teacher’s lawyer, Don Flanary. He added that the teacher propped open the door around the time the gunman crashed his truck, and that the teacher also called 911, but said he wants to make clear that the door was not left propped open and the teacher is not to blame for the shooter’s access to the building.
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“She saw the wreck,” Flanary said. “She ran back inside to get her phone to report the accident. She came back out while on the phone with 911. The men at the funeral home yelled, ‘He has a gun!’ She saw him jump the fence, and he had a gun so she ran back inside. She kicked the rock away when she went back in. She remembers pulling the door closed while telling 911 that he was shooting. She thought the door would lock because that door is always supposed to be locked.” Security video confirms the teacher removed the rock holding the door open and closed it.
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The Department of Justice is now investigating the Uvalde Police after Texas authorities finally admitted Friday that as many as 19 police officers were in the school hallway for more than an hour without acting, thinking the shooter had ended his killing spree.
The Uvalde police lied about a teacher leaving the door open.
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