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Teacher says Ramos ‘was the student who scared her the most,’ and dressed ‘like a school shooter’

A teacher at a school in Uvalde has said the gunman Salvador Ramos “frightened her” and “dressed up like a school gunman” in the months leading up to the massacre.

During a Texas Senate hearing examining the response to the shooting, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said that after the shooting, at least six people told him that Ramos had worried them.

McCraw said those concerns were not raised to him until after the shooting and that no reports had been made about Ramos beforehand.

He also pointed out that Ramos’s disturbing behavior was well known in the small town of 17,000, citing footage of the gunman holding a bag of dead cats posted online.

McCraw also speculated that the immediate exposure, enabled by the internet and social media, may have played a role in Ramos’ decision to carry out the shooting.

Meanwhile, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced Wednesday evening that the Robb Elementary School where the shooting took place will be demolished.

Salvador Ramos, 18. A teacher from Uvalde told the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Colonel Steve McCraw, that Ramos had started dressing as a school shooter before the massacre

Salvador Ramos, 18. A teacher from Uvalde told the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Colonel Steve McCraw, that Ramos had started dressing as a school shooter before the massacre

Texas Department of Public Safety director Colonel Steve McCraw speaks at Texas Senate hearing, investigating reaction to Tuesday's shooting

Texas Department of Public Safety director Colonel Steve McCraw speaks at Texas Senate hearing, investigating reaction to Tuesday’s shooting

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced Wednesday evening that the Robb Elementary School where the shooting took place will be demolished.

Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced Wednesday evening that the Robb Elementary School where the shooting took place will be demolished.

McCraw said he had interviewed between 500 and 700 people as part of the ongoing investigation into the May 24 shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.

McCraw told the Texas Senate hearing that a teacher had told him that Ramos, 18, was “the student who scared her the most” and that he had started dressing as a mass shooter before the attack.

“In all these interviews, how many times have they told you that he was the one they were worried about?” Texas Senator Paul Bettencourt asked McCraw.

‘Several times. We had a teacher who said she was always worried about him,” McCraw replied, “he was the one student who scared her the most. We discussed, as I said before, that he started dressing like a school shooter last year, acting like a school shooter.”

Bettencourt characterized the incident where Ramos held a bag of dead cats as “animal cruelty” and “abhorrent behaviour.” That no one had reported Ramos’ behavior or their fears about him, Bettencourt said, “That’s a big failure.”

The release of an image from inside the school showing Arredondo's gunmen doing nothing as the carnage unfolded - fresh concern over why officers didn't storm the room sooner

The release of an image from inside the school showing Arredondo’s gunmen doing nothing as the carnage unfolded – fresh concern over why officers didn’t storm the room sooner

McCraw said he interviewed between 500 and 700 people during the investigation into the shooting

McCraw said he interviewed between 500 and 700 people during the investigation into the shooting

McCraw noted that despite multiple people telling him they were concerned about Ramos, no reports had been made about him before the shooting.

McCraw noted that despite multiple people telling him they were concerned about Ramos, no reports had been made about him before the shooting.

Senator Charles Perry urged McCraw to comment on Ramos’s desire for fame, and whether access to the public through social media might have provoked him into action.

“You mentioned fame a few times — let me ask it this way about social media. It plays on human nature, men in particular, about wanting to leave their mark, wanting to be meaningful, wanting that purpose, wanting to be something. And that can be good or bad,” Perry said.

“You think about the social media aspect of the platform – and it’s only been relevant for the last 30 years, right? I’m 60 – we had these individuals who weren’t treated well or felt like they were being mistreated or having problems, but they didn’t have a platform.”

“Do you think the idea that this man knew the moment he pulled the trigger that he’s just gained worldwide fame and will sadly live on for eternity?”

“Absolutely,” said McCraw.

“Do you think that plays in the psyche?” asked Perry.

“Some of the statements he made suggest just that,” McCraw said.

Students who fled Robb primary school during the mass shooting while Ramos was still at large on May 24

Students who fled Robb primary school during the mass shooting while Ramos was still at large on May 24

During the hearing, McCraw became the latest to blame the failed response to District Police Chief Pete Arredondo (above)

During the hearing, McCraw became the latest to blame the failed response to District Police Chief Pete Arredondo (above)

McCraw also beat cops reacted to the massacre as “an abject failure” and said enough police had been on the scene to stop the gunman just three minutes after the shooting.

“Three minutes after the subject entered the western corridor, there were enough armed officers wearing body armor to distract and neutralize the subject,” McCraw told the committee, reviewing the timeline of the day’s tragic events.

This allegation made McCraw the latest to blame the failed response to district police chief Pete Arredondo, who reportedly ordered police at the scene to remain seated and not confront gunman Salvadaor Ramos after the teen barricaded himself in a packed classroom of the fourth grade of Robbe Primary School.

McCraw reported speaking to numerous people who were aware of footage of Ramos holding a bag of dead cats posted online

McCraw reported speaking to numerous people who were aware of footage of Ramos holding a bag of dead cats posted online

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In a scathing speech, McCraw said the district chief “decided to put the lives of officers before the lives of children.”

“The only thing that kept a corridor of dedicated officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the site commander, who decided to put the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said. “The cops had guns, the kids didn’t. The officers had flak jackets—the kids didn’t.’

“The police response to the attack on Robb Elementary was an abject failure and contradicted everything we’ve learned over the past two decades since the Columbine Massacre,” McCraw said.

In another bomb reveal, McCraw revealed that the door to the classroom that Ramos was hiding behind hadn’t been locked — contradicting previous claims by Arredondo’s department that the chief had been furious trying to find keys for over an hour to open the door of the fourth grade classroom.

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