A MOM has revealed how her daughter survived the Uvalde school massacre thanks to the quick thinking of her substitute teacher.
Mom Jennifer Gaitan was thankful to the teacher whose two simple actions saved her daughter's Jazzlyn class.
Speaking to the Globe and the Mail, the tearful mum described the moments before the horrific attack at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
She said fourth-grader Jazlynn was sharpening her pencil in class when a bullet crashed through the wall and hit the ceiling.
Her quick-thinking substitute teacher immediately turned the lights off and asked the students to hide under the tables.
The whole class remained hidden for over an hour as Salvador Ramos, 18, went on a 94- minute rampage claiming the lives of 19 students and two teachers and leaving 17 others injured.
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Gaitan was one of the first parents to arrive on the scene and was reunited withJazlynn two hours later.
Grateful to the substitute teacher she said: “She thought so fast. And she saved a lot more lives.”.
She added: “How crazy is it that you have to be 21 to buy cigarettes and beer, but you can buy an assault rifle at 18? That’s out of control. That’s ridiculous.
“I don’t understand what it’s going to take to stop this.”
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Gaitan, who has spoken to multiple media outlets, said on CNN that she heard and witnessed officers' responses to parents.
The frantic mom claims that she begged the police to do something.
It was revealed yesterday that terrified students begged 911 operators to send help.
On Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw confirmed that 19 police officers were outside the classroom and did not go in despite 911 calls saying children were still alive.
He said that the actions were wrong.
The massacre took place on Tuesday morning when Ramos opened fire inside the school.
He previously shot his grandmother, Celia Gonzalez, in the home they shared after sharing his chilling plans with a 15-year-old internet friend he made through a live streaming app.
He then fled the incident with his grandmother in her pickup truck, crashing the vehicle outside of the elementary school before allegedly barricading himself in a fourth-grade classroom and opening fire.
A fourth-grader recalled how she survived the shooting by smearing blood on herself to pretend to be dead.
While parents and family members of Robb Elementary students waited anxiously outside the school for updates, some children were able to escape through windows with the help of officials.
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The shooter's mom Adriana Martínez Reyes, attempted to justify his "reasons" and cried while asking the victims to "forgive her."
The shooting became the worst elementary school massacre since 2012.
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