In the wake of the failure of the Uvalde police during a recent school shooting in the small Texas town, law enforcement around the nation is scrambling to review the training that they have provided to their officers to ensure that something like this never happens again.
At Robb Elementary School, as shots rang out from inside of classrooms, several officers were seen outside waiting to take action. This, despite the fact that a number of parents and concerned citizens were literally pleading with police to do something, anything, to help their children.
In Alabama on Thursday, a far different response was witnessed.
A person who was trying to enter an Alabama elementary school where a summer program was being held was shot to death by a police officer Thursday morning, authorities said.
Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick told reporters that a “potential intruder” went to several doors trying to get into Walnut Park Elementary School, where a summer literacy program was being conducted for 34 children. All the exterior doors were already locked, he said, and the principal sought help when she realized what was happening.
The situation evolved quickly, but officers appeared prepared.
Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton told The Gadsden Times that a police officer from nearby Rainbow City was working as a school resource officer and encountered the person, got involved in an altercation and called for backup, Horton said. At least one other officer responded and the person was shot to death.
The Department of Justice is already involved in the case of the Uvalde police mishap, and there it little doubt that precincts around the nation are aware of the backlash seen in Texas.