Teacher survived Texas school shooting by playing dead
A instructor who was shot by the deranged gunman who killed 19 college students and two lecturers at a Texas elementary school mentioned he performed dead for over an hour as a way to survive the bloodbath.
Arnulfo Reyes spoke in regards to the harrowing ordeal in an interview with ABC News and provided one of many extra detailed accounts of the horror inside Robb Elementary School on May 24 that ended with 11 of his college students dead.
Reyes advised the community that his class was watching a film when 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos barged inside their room.
“The kids started asking out loud, ‘Mr. Reyes, what is going on,’ and I said, ‘I don’t know what’s going on but let’s go ahead and get under the table … get under the table and act like you’re asleep,’” Reyes mentioned within the interview.
As Reyes and the kids have been huddling underneath the desk, the 17-year veteran instructor mentioned he rotated and noticed Ramos open hearth within the classroom.
One bullet hit Reyes’ arm and his lung. The second bullet hit his again.
“One of the students from the next-door classroom was saying, ‘Officer, we’re in here. We’re in here,’” however that they had already left,” Reyes mentioned.
Reyes mentioned he performed dead for an hour and 17 minutes however might hear Ramos going from his classroom to the adjoining classroom to proceed his rampage.
Law enforcement officers got here again a second time and eventually breached the door of the Ramos’ classroom earlier than fatally shooting the gunman.
By then, Reyes’ 11 college students have been dead.
Reyes is at present recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Responding legislation enforcement in Uvalde has confronted heavy scrutiny over their delayed response in taking down the shooter.
The school district chief of police Pete Arredondo wasn’t carrying a radio that day and likewise handled the incident as a suspect barricade state of affairs versus an energetic shooter state of affairs.