We previously reported about parents being restrained including being tackled, pepper-sprayed, and handcuffed while they called for the police to go into the classroom where the Uvalde shooter was barricaded to save their kids. We also noted a report from a Texas DPS lieutenant that police had gone in to get out their own children. That infuriated a lot of people who interpreted that as restraining other parents but saving their own. As we noted, the Texas DPS lieutenant did not say whether the police had gotten other kids out in the process. People were already upset over the question of police not going in immediately after the shooter, but waiting for some time, treating it as a barricaded suspect rather than as an active shooter situation.
It’s important to note that while the killer was barricaded in one fourth-grade classroom, there were people getting kids out of other classrooms in other areas of the school. As we noted, after the police had restrained one mother, Angeli Gomez, and cuffed her, she had local police she knew convince the other law enforcement officers to let her go. Then, she jumped the fence and rescued her kids — one in the second grade and one in the third grade.
Now there’s a new story out that may explain the story about the police rescuing their own kids. And while we’re hearing a lot of stories now that give us concern, this part sounds like a CBP officer who did what he could to get a lot of people out. According to the NY Post, an off-duty border patrol agent, Jacob Albarado, got a message from his wife who was a teacher in the school. She said there was an active shooter, “Help” and “I love you.” He grabbed a shotgun from the barber he was getting a haircut from and sped off to the school.
“A tactical team was preparing to enter the school when Albarado arrived. Desperate to get his daughter and wife out, he made a plan with other officers to try to enter the school and evacuate as many students as possible.”
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) May 27, 2022
Albarado’s daughter was in the second grade, locked in a bathroom while his wife was hiding with her students. When he arrived, the tactical team was preparing to enter the school. But he made a plan with other officers to enter the school. As he went into the school making his way toward his daughter’s class, he cleared all the classes in her wing, helping to rescue dozens of kids. Two officers had guns while two others helped to get the children and teachers out to the sidewalk. After he rescued his daughter Jayla, he continued rescuing other kids. “I did what I was trained to do,” Albarado said.
“I’m so angry, saddened and grateful all at once. Only time will heal their pain and hopefully changes will be made at all schools in the U.S. and teachers will be trained & allowed to carry in order to protect themselves and students,” he wrote.
Those are important solutions to talk about that might have an effect, but they’re not ones that a lot of liberal media or Democrats want to talk about. Because if they aren’t armed — as Albarado thankfully was — they can’t protect themselves when faced with something like this.