The fog of news media in the days and weeks after a tragedy like a school shooting in Texas should be approached cautiously because misinformation could add a lot of pain to an already horrifying situation.
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As of Friday, one spouse has died of a heart attack- with his family members saying it was a broken heart over the loss of his wife who was one of the teachers murdered by teen shooter Salvador Ramos, on Tuesday in Uvalde Texas.
And Fox News corrected earlier stories about the sequence of events on that terrible day at the school:
BREAKING: Texas DPS now says that there was no school police officer who encountered or engaged the mass shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. Shooter was not confronted before entry and it appears he walked into the school through an unlocked door, per DPS. @FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 26, 2022
Unfortunately, the public wants to know the details for many reasons, including trying to understand if anything could have been prevented- so they can learn from the situation and hopefully prevent another such tragedy.
With that- as of Friday there is some confusion over the story that Ramos had been arrested earlier, which needs further inspection.
“He may have had a juvenile record, but that is yet to be determined,” Abbott said during a press conference earlier this week. Abbott is expected to speak again on Friday about the situation.
The Daily Mail reported on the changing narrative about the background of the shooter, claiming that the source for the information was mistaken:
Texas Republican Tony Gonzales has retracted his unfounded claim that Uvalde gunman Salvador Ramos was arrested for a school shooting plot in 2018 after insisting it was true and blaming the authorities for ‘letting him slip through the cracks.’
On Friday morning at 7.33am, Gonzales – a pro 2nd amendment Republican – insisted that Ramos was arrested in 2018 when he was underage for a plot to shoot up a school in Uvalde.
‘This wasn’t hearsay. I got this late last night: the shooter was arrested years ago, four years ago, for having this plan for basically saying, for saying, you know, when I’m a senior in 2022, I am going to shoot up a school.’
Something fell between the cracks between then and now to allow this to happen. We need to shake out all the facts,’ he said.
DailyMail.com can confirm that an incident in Uvalde where two ‘Columbine-infatuated’ teenage boys were arrested for threatening to shoot up a school but because they were juveniles, their identities were not confirmed at the time.
Shortly after Gonzales’s appearance, FOX reporter Bill Melugin tweeted that Uvalde police had denied it he was involved.
Texas DPS & Texas Rangers tell me this is incorrect. There were two juveniles arrested on conspiracy charges for a shooting plot several years back, but the Uvalde shooter was not involved in that incident and was not arrested. @FoxNews https://t.co/TX5tvKTUt7
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 27, 2022
‘Texas DPS & Texas Rangers tell me this is incorrect. There were two juveniles arrested on conspiracy charges for a shooting plot several years back, but the Uvalde shooter was not involved in that incident and was not arrested.’
In a tweet soon after, Gonzales admitted: ‘It is now unclear if the shooter was one of the two kids detained.’
He went on: ‘If this was not the shooter, we need to find out who these kids are, where they are now, and if they were classmates of the shooter. There is a clear need for mental health resources in our community.’
Law enforcement and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are yet to comment on the arrest but a press briefing has been scheduled for noon EST.
At the time of the 2018 incident, the school spokesperson said in a press release: ‘One of our Morales Junior High students was experiencing a crisis. Upon rendering aid and support, the student revealed a future plan to conduct a school shooting in the year of 2022.’
Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez said in a press release at the time that a Morales Junior High School student age 14 and a former Morales student, 13, were ‘infatuated with the Columbine High School shootings’ and had a list of fellow students they planned to kill in a ‘mass casualty event’.
‘The investigation revealed that the students were infatuated with the Columbine High School shootings and identified themselves to the shooters,’ Rodriguez said in the 2014 press release. ‘The investigation uncovered that the students even referred to themselves using the Columbine shooter’s names.
‘One of the students had numerous writings and drawings which depicted weapons capable of causing mass destruction. He wrote about being “God-like” and killing police and other persons. He had an academic analysis of one of the Columbine shooter’s journals.’
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The two boys planned on detonating home-made bombs before killing their fellow students ‘ranked by priority’.
According to reports at the time, one of the boys confessed their plan to school staff, who had them evaluated by mental health professionals on April 19 2018 and contacted cops. A week later they were arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Murder and taken to a juvenile detention center in Del Rio.
Ramos, who turned 18 on May 16, would have been 13 years old at the time of his alleged arrest. As juvenile criminal records are sealed, it is unclear whether the boys were convicted of the murder conspiracy charges. It is also unclear how Ramos as a freshly-turned 18-year-old was able to legally buy two AR-15s and hundreds of rounds of ammunition just days from the date authorities knew he had planned to shoot up a school.
A KHOU11 report from the 2018 incident said the older of the pair was ‘released on April 23  to his mother’s care’. Ramos had a fractious relationship with his mother who reportedly was a drug addict he and was living with his grandparents when he committed the shooting.