“I Played Dead”: After the Texas Massacre, the surviving children recount the horror

A child in front of the memorial to the victims of the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, on May 27, 2022. (© AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA)

On the eve of President Joe Biden’s visit, the first testimonies were from children who survived Uvalde massacres shows up Saturday, May 28, 2022, and describes the horror of this Texas school where one the shooter killed 19 young students and two female teachers.

The day before, Texas authorities had made their mea culpa and admitted that police had made a “bad decision” by not entering the building quickly.

It took about an hour on Tuesday before police were able to put an end to the massacre despite several calls from children asking for an intervention. The 19 agents on the scene were waiting for the intervention of a specialized unit of the border police.

“You must all die”

Inside, the children were locked inside with the shooter, Salvador Ramos, almost 18 years old.

When the latter entered the room, the latter had closed the door and told the children, “You must all die,” before opening fire, a survivor, Samuel Salinas, 10, told the chain. ABC Friday.

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

In the room on the floor covered in blood, Samuel Salinas, in order not to be hit by the shots, tried to “play dead”.

A woman holds the picture of Nevaeh Bravo, one of the young victims of the massacre at a school in Uvalde, Texas, during a guard on May 25, 2022.
A woman holds the picture of Nevaeh Bravo, one of the young victims of the massacre at a school in Uvalde, Texas, during a guard on May 25, 2022. (© AFP / allison dinner)

Covered by a comrade’s blood

Miah Cerrillo, 11, tried to escape Salvador Ramo’s attention in the same way. The girl covered herself in the blood of a comrade whose body lay next to her, she explained CNNin an unfilmed testimony.

She had just seen the teenager kill her teacher, after saying “good night” to her.

Another student, Daniel, told the newspaper washington post that while the victims were waiting for the police to come and rescue them, no one was screaming.

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

DanielPupil of Uvalde’s school and survivor of the massacre

“Stay calm”

Her teacher, who was injured in the attack but survived, whispered to the students that they should “stay calm” and “stay quiet”.

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

The children who survived, “are traumatized, and they will have to live with that for the rest of their lives,” said his mother, Briana Ruiz.

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

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

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

Bid Sunday

These testimonies only highlighted the controversy surrounding the police response.

Pressured by reporters to explain their much-criticized response time, Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Friday that law enforcement believed that “there may not be more survivors.

However, police received several calls from several people in the two affected classrooms, including one from a child at 1 p.m. 12.16, more than half an hour before the police intervention at. 12.50, with the warning that “eight to nine students were alive,” McCraw said.

On Sunday, the President of the United States and his wife Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde to “share the grief” of the inhabitants of this small town, which is upset by one of the worst massacres of firearms in recent years in the country.

‘Epidemic’ of gun violence

The shooting, described as the “new Sandy Hook” in the American press, referring to the horrific massacre at a public school in Connecticut in 2012, has aroused America’s trauma.

The faces of the very young victims, aged 9 to 11, were repeatedly televised, and testimonies from their collapsed relatives moved the country, relaunching a wave of calls for better-regulated firearms.

The Democratic president, who has regularly condemned 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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