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A Texas mother who defied Uvalde police officers and ran into the school during the mass shooting to save her children has come forward to tell her story despite alleged threats by law enforcement for her not to speak to the media.
On the morning of May 24, Angeli Gomez went to Robb Elementary School to see her kids' graduation ceremonies. At first, Gomez didn't want to take photos with her two sons because she was dusty from working at a farm earlier in the day. She reluctantly took a photo with her two boys and then went back to work.
Shortly after returning to the farm, Gomez received an urgent phone call from her mother informing her that there was a shooting at her sons' school. She got in her car and said she drove 100 mph to the school.
Gomez described the chaotic scene at Robb Elementary School after a shooter went on a deadly rampage.
"Right away as I parked, U.S. Marshals started coming toward my car saying that I wasn't allowed to be parked there," Gomez told CBS News.
"And he said, 'Well, we're gonna have to arrest you because you're being very uncooperative,'" the Uvalde mother explained. "I said, 'Well, you're gonna have to arrest me because I'm going in there. And I'm telling you right now, I don't see none of y'all in there. Y'all are standing with snipers and y'all are far away. If y'all don't go to go in there, I'm going in there.' He immediately put me in cuffs."
Immediately after the handcuffs were removed from Gomez, she sprinted toward the school. She got her one son out of his classroom.
The courageous mother then ran to get her second child, but was stopped by police.
She explained, "So I start yelling and I'm being uncooperative, and I'm like, 'Well, y'all ain't doing s**t! What are y'all doing? Y'all ain't doing s**t!.'"
Gomez said the teacher wouldn't open the door to the classroom where her son was and she was escorted out by police. However, Gomez ran back when she saw that her son's classroom was being evacuated.
"There was not one officer inside the school when I ran to my second son's classroom," Gomez exclaimed.
Gomez said she heard gunshots being fired during the evacuation and that it was still an active shooting situation.
"They could have saved many more lives," Gomez said as she broke into tears. "They could have gone into that classroom – and maybe two or three would have been gone – but they could have saved the whole class. They could have done something."
"If anything, they were being more aggressive on us parents that were willing to go in there," Gomez said of Ulvade police.
She told a police officer, "If anything, I need you to go in there with me to go protect my kids."
Gomez said law enforcement was more concerned with parents than going into the school.
Gomez was reluctant to speak to the media recently because she said that law enforcement threatened her. The Uvalde mother claimed that a police officer called her and told her that her probation – from a decade-old charge – could be violated if she continued to talk to the media. Gomez only gave the interview after a judge informed her that she wouldn't be punished for speaking to the media.
The Uvalde shooting ended with 19 children and two teachers dead.
Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo has been widely criticized for his team not responding to the shooting until over an hour after the carnage began.
Arredondo did not have his police radio with him when he arrived at the school, which may have caused a delay in communicating with police dispatchers, according to the New York Times.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.