Shot Uvalde teacher: Slain kids may have ‘made it’ if cops didn’t wait

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Shot Uvalde teacher: Slain kids may have ‘made it’ if cops didn’t wait

A teacher repeatedly shot during the Texas school massacre broke down this week as he insisted some of the 21 slain kids and faculty

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A teacher repeatedly shot during the Texas school massacre broke down this week as he insisted some of the 21 slain kids and faculty members could have survived had police not “forgot” them for more than an hour.

Arnulfo Reyes told CNN that he played dead in a pool of his own blood in Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School for 74 minutes — not even flinching when crazed gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, shot him again, in his back.

During the agonizing wait, he repeatedly heard police in the hallway outside — assuming they would burst in at any second.

“You always think when something bad happens that the cops get there so fast and they rush in and help you,” said Reyes, who even heard the nearby officers talking to Ramos.

“I was just waiting for that — I was waiting for anybody, anybody, to come save us,” he told CNN on Wednesday.

Uvalde teacher Arnulfo Reyes gives heartbreaking interview to CNN about playing dead for 74 minutes as cops "forgot" him and his children
Uvalde teacher Arnulfo Reyes gives heartbreaking interview to CNN about playing dead for 74 minutes as cops “forgot” him and his children
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“I was thinking, ‘Come on — come in, come in. Like he’s in here. Just come in here, come save us.’”

During that time, Ramos “did a lot of things to make me flinch or react,” the teacher said, splashing blood in his face and even shooting him again.

Salvador Ramos
Twisted killer Salvador Ramos, 18, even shot Reyes in the back to make sure he was really dead, the teacher said.
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Reyes paused for more than 10 seconds to control his emotions when asked what he thought about officers failing to come in to help.

Finally, he said that “they forgot us.”

“I mean, they probably thought that we were all dead or something — but if they would have gotten in before, some of them probably would have made it,” he said of the 19 kids and two teachers who died.

The 19 children and 2 teachers slain at Robb elementary school on May 24.
The 19 children and 2 teachers slain at Robb elementary school on May 24.
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Later, images of heavily armed and protected officers in the hallways just made him “more upset,” he said.

“Just knowing you’re a few feet away from me and you’re not helping me. You’re not helping anybody,” he said of the cops.

A surveillance image from inside Robb Elementary School at 12:04 PM, 46 minutes beofre officers stormed the classroom.
Footage later showed officers had rifles and shields long before they finally confronted mass shooter Salvador Ramos.

“A lot of the law enforcement failed — they take that oath to protect,” he said. “I was in there to protect the kids, but I had no bulletproof vest or tactical gear… they had everything.”

It was only when Border Patrol officers finally disobeyed commands and stormed in, killing Ramos, that Reyes was faced with the unthinkable realization that he was the lone survivor in his classroom.

The officers called out for people to “get up” and go, he recalled.

“Nobody moved but me,” he said.

“And then somebody else said, ‘There’s children under here’ — the children were dead under the table,” he said of the 11 fourth-graders slain in his room.

“There was nothing I could do but …” he said, trailing off as he sobbed and wiped away tears.

“My children … I love those kids,” he told the network.

As he lay in his own blood, with dead and dying students around him, Arnie Reyes knew help was just outside the classroom door.
Reyes has had more than 10 surgeries after being shot in the back and arm.
CNN
As he lay in his own blood, with dead and dying students around him, Arnie Reyes knew help was just outside the classroom door.
Reyes has had more than 10 surgeries after being shot in the back and arm.
CNN

Reyes — who spent more than a month in a hospital getting 10 surgeries for bullet wounds to his arm and back — was initially crushed by survivor’s guilt.

Now, he is determined to be “as strong as I can” to make sure that his beloved pupils do not “die in vain,” he told CNN.

“I would try to do anything that I can, so we don’t forget them,” he said.

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