‘Lock malfunctioned’: Surveillance shows teacher slammed door shut, called 911 as shooter climbed gate

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Despite previous claims by Uvalde police, the unnamed teacher at Robb Elementary School who propped open a school door with a rock, reportedly closed it when she heard gunshots, but it didn’t lock and the killer gained access.

New surveillance footage shows that the teacher who was blamed for propping open the door so food could be brought into the school was not at fault for the gunman slaughtering 19 children and two adults, refuting prior statements to the press by Texas Department of Safety Director Steve McCraw. The teacher’s attorney asserts she closed the door as she heard gunshots being fired at funeral home employees.

“She saw the wreck. She ran back inside to get her phone to report the accident. She came back out while on the phone with 911. The men at the funeral home yelled, ‘He has a gun!’ She saw him jump the fence, and he had a gun so she ran back inside,” the teacher’s attorney Don Flanary stated, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The teacher called 911 and slammed the door shut, according to the lawyer.

“She kicked the rock away when she went back in. She remembers pulling the door closed while telling 911 that he was shooting. She thought the door would lock because that door is always supposed to be locked,” Flanary asserted.

“We did verify she closed the door. The door did not lock. We know that much and now investigators are looking into why it did not lock,” Travis Considine, who is the chief communications officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said on Tuesday according to USA Today.

Surveillance footage confirms the teacher’s account of what happened that tragic day just before the gunman entered the school according to a law enforcement official who spoke to the Houston Chronicle.

Another unnamed source told the media outlet that a different door in the building also had a non-functioning locking mechanism.

The revelation is yet another contradiction that has come to light in a shifting timeline of events that the Uvalde police have put forward. This follows the disastrous delayed response overseen by the on-scene commander who allegedly deemed it was no longer an active shooter situation once the gunman had barricaded himself inside a classroom, despite the fact that students were in the room with the killer and were calling 911.

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Texas Department of Safety Director Steve McCraw had previously admitted during a press conference that the commander made the “wrong” call in the tragedy holding back the Border Patrol tactical team who eventually breached the room and killed the shooter after more than an hour of delay.

Investigators are still attempting to interview Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, whom state police have said was the commander of the school shooting scene while it happened. So far, he has reportedly not cooperated with authorities.

Tuesday, the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, which represents police officers, urged its member officers to cooperate with “all government investigations” into the shooting and police response, while endorsing a federal probe already announced by the Justice Department.

“There has been a great deal of false and misleading information in the aftermath of this tragedy. Some of the information came from the very highest levels of government and law enforcement,” CLEAT said, according to the Associated Press. “Sources that Texans once saw as iron-clad and completely reliable have now been proven false.”

Appearing on “At This Hour” on CNN, State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D) claimed on Friday that there was never an official command to breach by police. Instead, Border Patrol agents grew frustrated and reportedly entered the school to confront the shooter.

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“What I have been told from law enforcement is that [Border Patrol] finally took it upon themselves and said, ‘we’re going in.’ That is my understanding,” he commented.

“That’s the failure in this entire system, in this entire process. We have multiple state agencies, federal agencies, localized agencies, and somewhere along the way, there’s a communications problem,” Gutierrez stated. “We’re not hearing 911 disturbance calls. We’re not hearing proper radio transmissions. I’m going to be asking for radio transmissions next. Kids are alive. Clearly, they’re alive. This is not a barricade situation, and the information is flowing in.”

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