Jun 3, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Uvalde teacher "heartbroken" over incorrect statements about leaving door open

A view at the entrance of Robb Elementary School, the site of the May 24th mass shooting on May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
A view at the entrance of Robb Elementary School, the site of the May 24th mass shooting on May 30, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A teacher at Robb Elementary School is "heartbroken" after Texas officials made incorrect statements that she left a door propped open that allowed the Uvalde gunman to enter the school, her lawyer told ABC News on Thursday.

Driving the news: "It's traumatic for her when it's insinuated that she's involved, the door open," attorney Don Flanary, who represents the Robb Elementary School teacher, said. "She's heartbroken."

Details: Flanary said the teacher walked out to grab some food from a colleague outside. She saw the shooter crash his truck and exit the vehicle before entering the school.

  • "She sees him throw a bag over the fence and he has the weapon, the gun, around his chest," Flanary told ABC News. "He hops the fence and starts running at her."
  • The teacher then "immediately turns and she runs inside, kicks the rock out, slams the door," Flanary said.
  • "She thought she was going to die herself. She was waiting for him to come in," Flanary said. "Obviously she's heartbroken with all the lives lost."

Flashback: Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said during a press conference that the shooter entered the school through a door propped open by a teacher, Axios' Jacob Knutson reports.

  • But Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine said Tuesday that investigators found the teacher had propped open the door before the shooter with a rock but removed it after hearing gunshots. The closed-door did not lock.

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