(Fwrd Axis) — A preliminary report released Sunday conducted by the Texas House of Representatives investigative committee found “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making” by authorities in the Uvalde School shooting that resulted in 19 kids and two teachers being killed at Robb Elementary School.
The 72-page report examines how law enforcement agencies and officials, school officials, the gunman’s family, social media platforms, and gun laws played a role in what happened on May 24, which would be the largest mass school shooting in Texas history.
“There is no one to whom we can attribute malice or ill motives. Instead, we found systemic failures and egregious poor decision making,” the report notes.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced that the acting chief of police, Lt. Mariano Pargas, has been placed on leave as a city investigation is launched.
“The city will investigate whether Lt. Pargas was responsible for taking command on May 24th, what specific actions Lt. Pargas took to establish that command, and whether it was even feasible given all the agencies involved and other possible policy violations,” McLaughlin said in a statement Sunday afternoon.
The response by law enforcement has been under fire since details came out about the deadly massacre. Officers “were given and relied upon inaccurate information,” and others “had enough information to know better,” according to the report.
The report goes on to say that when the gunman arrived, there was no law enforcement officer on the campus. Instead, Yvette Silva, a PE teacher at the school, “acted heroically and almost certainly saved lives by alerting the school to the attacker’s advance,” the report says.
“We do not have access to all material witnesses. Medical examiners have not yet issued any reports about their findings, and multiple other investigations remain ongoing,” the report states.
The report also outlined how an unstable family and home life played in the role of the shooting.