Police Cuffed and Pepper-Sprayed Uvalde Parents Trying to Get Into School: Report
Uvalde parents trying to save their children during the Texas school massacre were reportedly handcuffed and pepper-sprayed.
Angeli Rose Gomez and other parents urged the law enforcement to go in — up to 40 minutes — but were detained, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“They were just standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or running anywhere,” Gomez told the WSJ.
She said police tackled a father to the ground and used pepper spray on another man, and that she was handcuffed as well, until police officers she knew convinced them to remove the cuffs.
The mother eventually ran into the school and got her two kids out and sprinted away, according to the outlet.
“They didn’t do that to the shooter, but they did that to us. That’s how it felt,” Gomez told the WSJ.
Police did not breach the classroom where the shooter had barricaded himself until an hour after he entered the elementary school, according to multiple sources.
There are many questions remaining about why it took so long and why the law enforcement responded the way it did.