Uvalde School District assured parents students were safe, building was ‘secured’ minutes after shooter entered

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A Facebook post from Robb Elementary as the Uvalde school shooting unfolded insisted to parents that “students and staff are safe in the building”, despite the entrance of shooter Salvador Ramos a few minutes earlier.

The message, attributed to Anne Marie Espinoza, executive director of communications and marketing for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, informed the community at 11:43 a.m. local time on May 24 that “Robb Elementary is under the status of lockdown”.

“Robb Elementary Parents: Please be aware that at this time Robb Elementary is under a lockdown status due to gunfire in the area,” the post read.

“Students and staff are safe in the building. The building is secure in a state of lockdown,” he continued. “Your cooperation is needed at this time in not visiting campus. As soon as the lockdown status is lifted, you will be notified.”

A police vehicle is parked near a back door at Robb Elementary School Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas, where an armed man drove into a classroom last week.
(AP/Jae C. Hong)

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Investigators later revealed that Salvador Ramos, the 18-year-old gunman who killed 19 students and two teachers in the attack, entered the school at 11:33 a.m., 10 minutes before the Facebook post.

San Antonio Fire Department equipment is parked in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022.

San Antonio Fire Department equipment is parked in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022.
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At 12:06 p.m., the school again wrote that “students and staff are safe in the buildings”.

Salvador Ramos, the elementary school shooter Robb.

Salvador Ramos, the elementary school shooter Robb.

Then, at 12:17 p.m., the school said in another update that “there is an active shooter at Robb Elementary” and “law enforcement is on scene.”

When asked to comment on the posts, Espinoza told Fox News Digital that due to the “overwhelming” number of media inquiries the district received following the shooting, he “will not be providing individualized responses. specific to these requests and will only provide public statements.”

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