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Mom who saved her own kids from Uvalde massacre says she’s now being harassed by police

Reported by CARLOS GARCIA | June 27, 2022


A Texas mom celebrated for rushing into the site of the Uvalde elementary school massacre said that she is being harassed by police and had to move her children for their safety. Angeli Rose Gomez said that she has been threatened by police and has faced increased scrutiny after she spoke to the media about how she saved her children.

In a media briefing on Sunday with her lawyer, Gomez detailed her experiences during an announcement that she was seeking to file several lawsuits over the massacre and the police response.

“The other night we were exercising, and we had a cop parked at the corner like, flickering us with his headlights,” Gomez said.

She had also previously claimed that a police officer had called her and warned that she might be in violation of her probation from an arrest a decade ago if she kept speaking to the media. She only began speaking to the media after being reassured by a judge that she would not be violation of her probation. Gomez went on to say that she had moved her children in order to avoid the intimidation and harassment from police.

“Just so my sons don’t feel like they have to watch cops passing by, stopping, and parking,” she explained.

Mark Di Carlo, her attorney, said that he was representing about 15 parents of the Uvalde community.

“The fact that [Uvalde School Police Chief] Pete Arredondo wasn’t fired immediately based upon whatever it is, hours of video, from testimonies such as from Angeli, is an indication that there is some sort of what, corruption or wrongdoing,” he said to reporters.

Gomez has been praised for her defiance of police orders in order to save her children on the day of the massacre. She said that she had been briefly handcuffed by police who were preventing her from entering the school as the gunman was barricaded into a classroom. When she was released, she hopped a fence to gain entry onto school grounds twice and saved her children.

Uvalde law enforcement has faced scathing criticism over the choice to wait outside the barricaded room while the gunman continued to shoot and kill children.

Here’s more about her plans to sue over the massacre:

EXCLUSIVE: Uvalde mom who rescued sons during mass shooting now planning to sue over police

Samuel Sey Op-ed: Absentee fathers, not guns, are the problem

Commentary By Samuel Sey, Op-ed contributor | Thursday, June 02, 2022


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The father of the teenager who murdered 19 children and 2 adults in Uvalde, Texas said:

“He probably would have shot me too, because he would always say I didn’t love him.”

The father is also a criminal. He has an apparently lengthy criminal record. His most deadly crime, however, isn’t on his record. His most deadly crime is that he is an absentee father.

A father who doesn’t value his child’s life is teaching his child a person’s life isn’t valuable.

  • Sixty-three percent of teenagers who commit suicide are fatherless. 
  • Seventy-two percent of adolescent murderers are fatherless. 
  • Seventy-five percent of adolescents in rehab centers for drug abuse are fatherless. 
  • Sixty percent of rapists are fatherless. 
  • Eighty-five percent of teenagers in prison are fatherless.
  • And especially, 75% of the most-cited school shooters in America are fatherless — just like the teenager who walked into Robb Elementary School to murder 21 people.

Of course, most fatherless people value life. Fatherlessness doesn’t make a person a mass murderer or a criminal. However, fatherless children are significantly more likely to commit crimes. For instance, a 2012 study on juvenile male inmates found that fatherless boys are 279% more likely to carry guns for criminal behavior.

Absentee fathers discourage their children and they provoke them to anger (Colossians 3:21Ephesians 6:4). I know that too well. Eighty-five percent of children with behavioral problems are fatherless — that describes my childhood. 

I was involved in over 20 fights before I was 18 years old. Most of these fights happened when I was between 4-10 years old, especially when other children made fun of me for being fatherless. I didn’t know how to maintain my composure when other children blamed me for my father’s absence. After all, it was hard to refute them. My father, indeed, didn’t love me. He left my mom and our family after my mom became pregnant with me. Therefore, I lacked discipline and self-control. I didn’t know how to respond to insults without anger and violence. By the grace of God, my extraordinary mother, and especially the Gospel, changed me.

Nevertheless, I know fatherlessness is one of the most damaging things children can experience. I know the potentially deadly consequences of absentee fathers. 

I know that if the school shooter’s father valued his son’s life — his son would have been more likely to value other people’s lives too. But many of us are unwilling to consider that. After all, Black Lives Matter maintains strong support from our society despite its feminist agenda to “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure.”

It’s horrific to imagine what the school shooter’s big gun did to the children’s little bodies. It’s horrific to think about the gunshots silencing the children’s screams. It’s painful to think about. Blaming the school shooting on gun rights, however, isn’t helpful. We have a habit of prescribing the wrong solutions to deadly issues. Guns are not the problem. Gun control isn’t the solution.

Originally published at Slow to Write. 

Samuel Sey is a Ghanaian-Canadian who lives in Brampton, a city just outside of Toronto. He is committed to addressing racial, cultural, and political issues with biblical theology, and always attempts to be quick to listen and slow to speak.

Off-duty Border Patrol agent rushed into Uvalde school with borrowed gun, says police stood outside in ‘gear’

Posted by BLAZETV STAFF | May 31, 2022


Jacob Albarado, the off-duty Border Patrol agent who rushed into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, to save his wife and daughter, joined NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday to recount his harrowing experience. Albarado told host Savannah Guthrie that he believes police were “doing the best they could, given the circumstances,” but details he inadvertently revealed during the interview have raised new questions about the Uvalde police response.

Albarado explained that he was getting a haircut when he received a text message from his wife, Trisha, who is a fourth-grade teacher at the elementary school.

There’s an active shooter. Help. I love you,the text said, according to Albarado.

Albarado described how he borrowed his barber’s shotgun and rushed to the school to save his wife and 8-year-old daughter, Jayda. As he made his way into the school, he saw police officers in “their gear” gathered outside.

“Did you ever see those officers that were poised outside the door?” asked Guthrie. “Obviously, there’s a lot of scrutiny now with [the police] actions and whether they should have gone in,” she added.

“At one point, I was there at the door fixing to go in, but once again, I didn’t have any of my gear,” Albarado answered. “It wouldn’t have been a smart move for me. All those guys had their gear and stuff. […] My wife texted me, called me, that she was okay …. so I went on to find my daughter in her wing.”

After finding and getting his daughter out safely, Albarado went on to evacuate the rest of the classrooms in that wing while two officers provided cover, according to the New York Times.

“Even more questions after this morning[‘s] interview on the Today show with the CBP agent who was off duty and went to rescue his daughter and wife at Robb Elementary. He said he was near the door where [the] gunman was while searching for his daughter. Saw officers with their ‘gear’ on,” CNN correspondent Simon Prokupecz said in a tweet.

Even more questions after this mornings interview on the Today show with the CBP agent who was off duty and went to rescue his daughter and wife at Robb Elementary. He said he was near the door where gunman was while searching for his daughter. Saw officers with their “gear”on.

Here’s the full quote: “I was there at the door fixing to go in, but once again, I didn’t have any of my gear. It wouldn’t be it wouldn’t have been a smart move for me. All those guys had their gear and stuff.”

This appears to be early on because he is still searching for his daughter and before the CBP tactical teams arrived.

Originally tweeted by Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) on May 31, 2022.

Abarado, who is currently “out of work” due to an unrelated surgery he had just two days after the shooting, has started a fundraiser on GoFundMe to help cover his family’s expenses. He says his wife will not be teaching this summer “because she is too traumatized from the events that occurred on May 24th” and that his family will need “time and plenty of counseling” but promises to keep “pushing forward one day at a time.”

Frightening details emerge about Texas school shooter’s rough home life, strange behavior leading up to elementary massacre

Reported by PHIL SHIVER | May 25, 2022


As neighbors and classmates continue to share more information about Salvador Ramos in the aftermath of the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, an all-too-familiar portrait of the killer has begun to emerge.

Ramos, 18, allegedly shot and critically wounded his grandmother in a rage moments before going on a shooting rampage at nearby Robb Elementary School. At the school, he senselessly murdered at least 19 students and two adults and injured several others before he was fatally shot by police. Ramos was reportedly wearing a tactical vest during the shooting spree and was armed with a rifle.

The mass killing immediately gripped the nation and caused widespread mourning. Many of the victims were just 10 years old.

  • Those who knew Ramos described him as a loner who endured a rough home life with a drug-abusing mother. He was reportedly the frequent target of bullying as a teenager due to his lisp and stutter and social awkwardness. But, they said, Ramos responded to his circumstances by violently lashing out at “peers and strangers” and engaging in lawless behavior, often leading to run-ins with local law enforcement.
  • Speaking with the Washington Post, a childhood friend of Ramos who used to play video games and sports with him said he would often exhibit strange behavior, even cutting up his own face for “fun” on one occasion. That same friend said Ramos would often drive around town with another friend at night, shooting random people with a BB gun and egging people’s cars.
  • Another former friend told the Post that Ramos was bullied incessantly in middle school and junior high before he eventually stopped going to school. One time, he posted a picture on social media wearing black eyeliner. The post garnered a slew of negative comments. Ramos was not on pace to graduate with his peers this year.
  • One high school classmate said that in recent months, Ramos posted videos on Instagram “where the cops were there and he’d call his mom a b***h and say she wanted to kick him out.” The classmate added that in the videos, “He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.”
  • He worked at a local Wendy’s restaurant, where co-workers remembered him as a mostly quiet kid with “an aggressive streak,” according to the Daily Beast.
  • “He would be very rude towards the girls sometimes, and one of the cooks, threatening them by asking, ‘Do you know who I am?’ And he would also send inappropriate texts to the ladies,” said one former co-worker, adding, “At the park, there’d be videos of him trying to fight people with boxing gloves. He’d take them around with him.”

Here’s what we know about the 18-year-old shooter who officials say killed 19 students, 2 adults…

In the weeks before the massacre, and right after he turned 18, Ramos appears to have purchased two semi-automatic rifles. He reportedly posted photos of the guns online along with cryptic messages. An unidentified former classmate said that days before the attack, Ramos texted him a photo of a firearm and a bag of ammo, CNN reported.

“He would message me here and there, and four days ago he sent me a picture of the AR he was using … and a backpack full of 5.56 rounds, probably like seven mags,” the classmate said, “I was like, ‘Bro, why do you have this?’ and he was like, ‘Don’t worry about it.'”

  • A since-deleted TikTok account that authorities believe belonged to Ramos featured only a short clip of a mobile game and the line, “Kids be scared IRL.”
  • Then, on Tuesday, the day of the attack, he posted another photo of the rifles on Instagram and tagged a random girl who lives in California, the New York Post reported. He then messaged the girl, urging her to repost the image. She responded confusedly.
  • Early Tuesday morning, Ramos messaged her again, saying, “I’m about to.” The girl asked “about to what” to which he answered, “I’ll tell you before 11.”
  • “I got a lil secret I wanna tell u,” he wrote in another message, accompanied by a smiley-face emoji covering its mouth. He never shared the secret, but sent one last message at 9:16 a.m., saying, “Ima air out.”

Shortly after, alerts of an active shooter in Uvalde hit the news.

Both the Instagram and the TikTok accounts in question were taken offline on Tuesday.

National news reporter John Mone, of Newsy, paraphrased an alleged eyewitness account of the moments prior to the attack. He said the eyewitness, Eduardo Trinidad, claimed that Ramos “got into an argument with the grandmother and she was screaming, ‘He shot me! He shot me!’ and then he got in the car, zoomed down the street, there was some kind of crash.”

“The suspect got out, he had two weapons, and then started engaging gunfire. From that point on, apparently, according to Mr. Trinidad, the suspect walks into the school and unfortunately the rest is history,” Mone said.

Editor’s Note: This article previously stated that Ramos was wearing body armor and carrying multiple firearms when he entered the school. That reporting has since been disputed.

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