Texas Massacre: Police knew there were children alive at the school where 19 students and two teachers were murdered

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In the recording you can hear how the agents inform the acting lieutenant by radio that there were eight or nine in the class where the shooter was locked up minors still alive

Texas Massacre: Police knew there were children alive at the school where 19 students and two teachers were murdered

Police deploy in a corridor at Robb Elementary School (REUTERS)

A new audio recording published this Monday by the US network < i>CNN revealed that the police knew there were children alive in the class at the Uvalde (Texas) school, where they died 19 students and two teachers last May, but it still took them more than an hour to get in.

In the recording, the agents can be heard radioing the lieutenant < b>Mariano Pargas, who was acting Police Chief that day, that in the class where the shooter was locked up there were eight or nine children alive, and that one girl had managed to communicate with the Police from inside the classroom.

Despite this, the agents took more than an hour to enter the classroom, a move that has been harshly criticized and has cost several of those responsible their jobs.

On October 20, another audio recording revealed a police captain ordering his team to wait and not enter the classroom where the shooting was taking place.Texas Massacre: Police knew there were children alive at the school where 19 students and two teachers were murdered

The new audio reveals that the Police knew that there were children alive before entering (REUTERS)

In the audio, the captain of the Texas Department of Public Safety is heard Joel Betancourtordering his subordinates to wait because he thought that a more prepared team was on the way, despite the fact that more than an hour had passed since the first alert for the shooting and the author was still locked in a classroom with students and teachers.

After several layoffs and the suspension of all security guards at the Uvalde school, the superintendent, Hal Harrell, resigned on October 11 , who had held that position for 31 years.

The massacre sparked a wave ofcriticism over the lack of action and coordination by school police, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) agents and other officers who responded to the shooting.

The head of the Uvalde School Police, Pete Arredondo, was fired last August. Harrell had asked the board to dismiss him.

Texas Massacre: Police knew there were children alive at the school where 19 students and two teachers were murdered

Law enforcement personnel guard the scene in Uvalde (REUTERS/Marco Bello)

School authorities also fired school police Crimson Elizondo after the string CNNrevealed that the agent had been among the DPS officers who responded to the shooting that sparked 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

Elizondo left DPS at the boreal summer and joined the group of ten new officers hired by the district to ensure the safety of children in Uvalde schools, after the massacre that occurred on May 24.

The body camera Elizondo was wearing on the day of the shooting caught her saying: “If my son had been there, I wouldn't have been outside. I promise.”

Texas Massacre: Police knew there were children alive at the school where 19 students and two teachers were murdered

A man and a girl cry outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center (REUTERS/Marco Bello)

According to an investigation of the Texas House of Representatives, 376 officers from various law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting before the shooter was killed.

The officers were armed with pistols, rifles and bulletproof vests , but even so they waited more than an hour to confront the perpetrator of the shooting.

(With information from EFE)

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