School shooting in Uvalde: Uvalde’s consolidated ISD police underwent active rifle training just two months before the mass murder

UVALDE, Texas — Six police officers from the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District underwent active rifleman training just two months before the Robb Elementary massacre, according to ABC News.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which developed the Active Shooter Response for School-Based Law Enforcement training, certification and course, says the course is a prerequisite for all law enforcement officers serving in and after schools work the mass shooting, will review the materials and see how best to equip the officers.

The course manual outlines the priorities for school-based law enforcement, specifically saying that first responders “are typically encouraged to place themselves at risk and demonstrate unusual acts of courage to save the innocent.” Individual deployments may also be required, particularly in small and rural counties.

A “priority scale” ranks innocent victims at the top, followed by first responders and perpetrators. It also states, “A first responder unwilling to put the lives of innocent people ahead of their own safety should consider another career path.”

“We explain that very clearly when we hire them,” Jacksonville ISD Police Chief Bill Avera told ABC13. “That your first priority is to protect life and limb on your campus and you could be the person doing that yourself. We will help you as soon as possible. You know the cavalry is coming, but in the meantime you’re the first responder.”

Avera is also on the board of directors for the Texas School Safety Center.

. In Uvalde, 19 officers entered the school but stayed in the hallway, DPS Director Steven McCraw said Friday. Officials now believe some children were still alive.

The course training also says the first priority is to move in and confront the attacker, and only when the attacker is isolated and “unable to do any more harm” does an officer need not enter a room.

McCraw added that Uvalde ISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo, the chief of operations, thought the shooter was taking hostages to keep them from entering the classroom, which he said was the “wrong decision”.

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