Nearly two months ago, I wrote an opinion piece on the tragedy at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. Since very little information was available then, and since much of the available information at the time was contradictory or just speculative, I opined on the tragedy based on my experience working in this field.

Before I get into the heart of this piece, please let me give you all a disclaimer. All of the avid readers and members of SOFREP are undoubtedly familiar with my background, but for those who don’t know it, here it is.

I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years before leaving the Corps for “greener pastures.” I then went to college, earned my Journalism degree, and became a certified English teacher. I taught English for three years before leaving for my true passion: law enforcement. I was a police officer in a large midwestern city for the bulk of the last decade before being offered a position as a director of security for a school district in St. Louis that I couldn’t pass up. This will be my 4th year in that position.

So, in this piece, I’ll give my thoughts based on my time as a teacher, a police officer, a School Resource Officer, and a school district Director of Security. These thoughts are mine alone and are mainly based on the information available to the public to date and based partly on my experience in this type of work.

I’m giving you my background because I want to ensure you don’t misunderstand any “criticism” it may seem like I’m attributing to one group or another. I will do my absolute best to opine only on the verified facts about Uvalde. If a tone of criticism comes through, I hope it’ll be because of the evidence presented, not just because my opinion has drenched the article.

Now, let’s get into a follow-up on my previous article, based on new information that has come to light about the shooting at Robb Elementary.

The Robb Elementary School Shooter in Uvalde, Texas. Now deceased. NY Post.

The Shooter’s Entry

The most prevalent rumor when I wrote my first piece about Uvalde’s tragedy was that the shooter entered through a door with a “broken” lock. Other rumors were that the door was unlocked or propped with a rock by a teacher. No real distinction was made about which lock or door was the issue, but that information has now come to light.

I stated in that article that if a door lock were “broken,” then a metric ton of school staff and students (and probably even parents) would’ve been aware of it in advance of the shooter’s entry that day. In the school system in which I work, if a lock goes bad, teachers and students alike know it within about an hour and then use it gleefully until maintenance arrives for the fix. By the time maintenance comes (even if same-day), I’d bet that no fewer than 100 students and teachers know that particular door doesn’t work.