‘We had to pray so we don’t die’: Uvalde pupil remembers hiding underneath desk throughout bloodbath

A 3rd-grade boy who hid in Robb Elementary School after a crazed gunman attacked one other class was left to hope “so we don’t die” as an hour handed earlier than cops took out the shooter, he informed The Post on Thursday.

Nine-year-old Leon Hernandez ducked underneath a desk with a lady classmate whereas 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos marched right into a classroom elsewhere within the constructing and killed 19 kids and two academics, he stated.

“She was praying and scared,” Leon stated of the woman.

“I said we had to pray so we don’t die,” Leon stated.

The little one spoke to The Post outdoors a Thursday vigil for the victims held on Main Street in Uvalde.

Leon’s father described the “nightmare” of the day and the week, together with his son shaken to the core.

“He said he felt the air of the bullets,” Cesar Hernandez stated.

“We don’t think anything like this is ever going to happen here. This is a small community and we know everyone here.”

Local cops are underneath intense scrutiny for a way they dealt with the taking pictures, with greater than an hour from the beginning of the taking pictures till the second a tactical unit fatally shot 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos.

Leon Hernandez believes they shouldn’t should study weapons at his younger age.
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State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, D - San Antonio, talks to Leon Hernandez,

Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez talks to Leon Hernandez.
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Hernandez claims he acquired a textual content alert from the varsity lower than 20 minutes from the beginning of the taking pictures that assured dad and mom Robb was underneath lockdown however college students and employees had been protected within the constructing.

“We got a text message so we thought it was OK,” he stated. “We got a text message and I was like OK everything is normal.”

Everything was not OK on college grounds as Leon and his classmates had been on a playground when a coach informed them to run.

Text messages about Texas shooting
Leon’s father stated the primary textual content message from the colleges gave the household false hope that the whole lot was dealt with.
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“I can hear gunshots and people screaming ‘get in the room,’” he stated. “When we were running I heard gunshots and a bullet passed me.”

That’s when Leon and the woman hid for what he stated was “an hour and 20 minutes” till an officer got here to cause them to security, he stated.

Others, like his pal Jose Flores, didn’t make it out alive, he stated.

Jose Flores
Jose Flores was one of many victims within the mass taking pictures at Robb Elementary School.
Jose Flores Sr.

The pupil is now aware of the persevering with debate over a number of mass shootings throughout the nation.

“We shouldn’t be learning about guns and stuff,” he stated in a low voice.



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