How many instances has your children’s school been in lockdowns because of danger on or near the campus in the past two years?
In Uvalde, Texas, the city where over 20 lives were taken by a high school senior during the May 23 shooting at Robb Elementary School, lockdowns have been a frequent occurance in 2021 and 2022.
During a press conference in the nearby border city of Del Rio last October, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin warned about his city’s troubles. He was particularly concerned about children and family safety.
“We’ve had to put our schools on lockdown 48 times this year since Jan. 1, so this (2021-22) school year, every school has officers in it,” he revealed. “The school district went out and hired more police officers, and now they’re at every school.”
Crime rates have spiraled up, and especially in border towns, due to what many South Texans call “The Biden Illegal Alien Crisis.”
COLUMBINE STYLE MURDERS PLANNED
In April 2018, Uvalde Police released a statement indicating two boys, aged 13 and 14, “were discussing and planning an attack on the Uvalde High School during their senior year, on the anniversary of the Columbine shooting.”
“Recently, however, one of the students began to convince the other that they needed to move the attack up to this year.”
“One of the students had numerous writings and drawings which depicted weapons capable of causing mass destruction. He wrote about being “God-like” and killing police and other persons. He had an academic analysis of one of the Columbine shooter’s journal.”
“It appears the two were planning on detonating the IEDs at the start of the mass casualty event. After the IEDs, they would begin killing students from a list they developed where they had ranked student victims by priority. After that, they were going to kill as many students as possible before taking their own lives.”
The students, who attended Morales Junior High School, were detained by police on April 25, 2018 for conspiracy to commit murder. Their original plan was to enact the shooting in 2022 for the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy.
The two planned to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) similar to the Columbine School killings just before their intended school shooting at Morales Junior High after stealing weapons from a neighbor’s home.
“According to the Uvalde Police Department, the pair was infatuated with the Columbine High School shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, often referring to themselves using the shooter’s names,” according to a report in the local newspaper at the time.
MAJOR JUVENILE CRIMES
Even prior to this current illegal immigration surge, Uvalde was plagued with high rates of serious juvenile crimes.
On June 6, a visiting judge is due to be presiding in the 38th Judicial District Court for the capital murder trial of juvenile accused of killing 24-year-old boxer John Van Meter.
In January 2019, police arrested a 12-year-old student of Flores Elementary School who now faces up to 40 years of incarceration.
Van Meter, his girlfriend, Sammy Chapa and her two children heard loud kicking noises on their front door on Boone Street.
When Van Meter opened the door, Chapa heard a gunshot and called 911. Van Meter received a single shot to his head and was rushed to Uvalde Memorial hospital and pronounced dead at approximately 8:43 p.m.
Law enforcement officers, including Texas Rangers, arrested the 12-year-old suspect from an Elizabeth Street residence, roughly seven-tenths of a mile from the scene of Van Meter’s murder. He was subsequently transported to and held at a juvenile detention center in Jourdanton.
HIGH SCHOOL LOCKDOWN
In September 2021, parents learned of a potential serious threat to their children in a letter issued to parents from Uvalde High School Principal Miguel Castillo:
“Uvalde High School was placed under lock down to ensure the safety of staff and student athletes still on campus. The staff and students were safely evacuated following district safety protocols. After investigating the threat, our students and staff were never in immediate danger by the threat.”
A 16-year-old female was charged for her multiple calls threatening violence at Uvalde High School on the evening of Sept. 9.
“We have dealt with her before here, she went to school here in 2018. We had problems with her back then,” said Lt. Mariano Pargas Jr. with the Uvalde Police Department.
The threats were identified as coming from Puerto Rico and serious enough to escalate investigations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of San Antonio, Texas Rangers out of Austin, the Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Division out of Eagle Pass, the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office and the Sabinal Police Department.
In particular, the girl was threatening members of the volleyball and spirit teams, three football players and staff members that were on the Uvalde High School campus, according to Anne Marie Espinoza, executive director of communications and marketing for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District.
“On Wednesday evening [Sept. 9] right after 6 p.m. calls started coming in that there was going to be a shooting at several schools here in Uvalde,” Lt. Pargas said.
Police officers contacted Uvalde Consolidated School District Police Department Chief Pete Arredondo and worked to secure campuses.
“While they were working that, dispatch started getting more calls. At that point they started making threats towards several of our officers, one of our elected officials and a Texas Ranger,” Pargas said.
He said the calls continued throughout the night, and on Thursday morning more calls came in, this time adding threats to destroy the Uvalde Police Department.
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