Texas elementary school shooting: 21 dead, 19 children, shooter update, reactions…

Texas student lives shattered by shooting two days before summer vacation

The children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texaswere two days away from their summer vacation when Tuesday’s massacre unfolded.

They had visited the zoo and participated in a gifted and talented showcase, as recent posts on the school’s Facebook page showed. Tuesday was awards day, according to the calendar, and students were asked to wear a nice outfit and fun shoes as part of a “footloose and fancy” theme.

But at 11:43 a.m., a note was posted on the Facebook feed: “Please be aware that at this time Robb Elementary is under lockdown status due to gunfire in the area. Students and staff are safe in the building,” it read.

Then came a second message: “There is an active shooter at Robb Elementary. Law enforcement is on scene.”

School administrators have asked parents to stay away. The school serves approximately 570 children in grades two through four, nearly 90% of whom are Hispanic.

The details that followed were devastating: an 18-year-old shooter had opened fire on the schoolkilling 19 children and two adults, officials said.

Messages poured in from around the world, offering prayers and expressing outrage at another mass shooting in the United States.

“Our hearts break for the families who have been touched by this evil,” Indiana’s Susan Vanderwier wrote on the school’s Facebook page.

The school district declared the elementary school, where the student mission statement is “Live. Learn. Love. Lead,” would remain closed the last days of the school year.

Carol C. Reed