Douglas Belkin, Rob Copeland, and Elizabeth Findell, reporting for The Wall Street Journal (News+ link):
“The police were doing nothing,” said Angeli Rose Gomez, who after
learning about the shooting drove 40 miles to Robb Elementary,
where her children are in second and third grade. “They were just
standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or running
Ms. Gomez, a farm supervisor, was also waiting outside for her
children. She said she was one of numerous parents who began
encouraging — first politely, and then with more urgency — police and other law enforcement to enter the school sooner. After
a few minutes, she said, U.S. Marshals put her in handcuffs,
telling her she was being arrested for intervening in an active
Ms. Gomez said she convinced local Uvalde police officers whom she
knew to persuade the marshals to set her free.
A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service said deputy marshals
never placed anyone in handcuffs while securing Robb Elementary’s
perimeter. “Our deputy marshals maintained order and peace in the
midst of the grief-stricken community that was gathering around
the school,” he said.
Ms. Gomez described the scene as frantic. She said she saw a
father tackled and thrown to the ground by police and a third
pepper-sprayed. Once freed from her cuffs, Ms. Gomez made her
distance from the crowd, jumped the school fence, and ran
inside to grab her two children. She sprinted out of the school
An astonishing and infuriating tale of maternal love and heroism, and police cowardice and incompetence.