When off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Jacob Albarado got a text from his wife, a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, stating that an active shooter had entered the building where she taught and their daughter attends second grade, he acted immediately.
“There’s an active shooter,” Trisha Albarado wrote, according to The New York Times. “Help.”
“I love you,” she added.
At the time of the chilling text, Albarado was receiving a haircut. Knowing he had no time to waste, Albarado borrowed his barber’s shotgun and rushed to the school where he developed a plan with a few other law enforcement officers to evacuate his daughter, wife, and other students and staff who were holed up in bathrooms and classrooms.
“I did what I was trained to do,” Albarado told the Times.
There’s a growing push on the left to surrender children to “the community.” For years, Democrats and the corporate media have preached that the government and its institutions such as schools should make decisions about kids for parents. They want parents to stay out of the debate over radical curricula and encourage teachers to go behind guardians’ backs to call kids by different names and label them a different sex.
There’s a time and a place for “it takes a village” in child-rearing, but in the case of Uvalde, those institutions that are supposed to protect some of the most innocent lives in society miserably failed, proving that the only thing that can love, sacrifice, and protect your kids to the fullest extent is you.
While Albarado risked his life to save his family and dozens of children, law enforcement officers, sworn to protect the community at all costs, waited outside of the school building where they knew kids were being slaughtered.
They had apparently already tried to approach the afflicted classroom once, more than 15 minutes after the shooter crashed his car outside of the elementary school and entered through an apparently propped-open door, but retreated after taking fire, a direct violation of active shooter training.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez, officers backed away because “they could have been shot.”
Reports indicate that the shooter remained inside the school, periodically firing at students and staff, for upwards of 40 minutes while officers fended off and reportedly even handcuffed parents outside who urged police to enter the school.
Angeli Rose Gomez, a mother of a second- and third-grader at Robb Elementary, told The Wall Street Journal she drove 40 miles to the school after she heard the news of the shooting only to get handcuffed when she urged police officers to intervene. Gomez said she wasn’t the only parent detained for trying to save her children.
“She said she saw a father tackled and thrown to the ground by police and a third pepper-sprayed,” WSJ reported.
After she was released, Gomez “jumped the school fence, and ran inside to grab her two children. She sprinted out of the school with them.”
It wasn’t until 12:45 p.m. that a Border Patrol tactical unit arrived at the scene to shoot and kill the suspect.
We can’t count on cowardly bureaucracies that handcuff mothers and fathers of kid hostages to have the same vested interest in children as their parents do. The government didn’t jump to beat down the doors of the school to protect 19 innocent children and two adults from the harms of this world, but mothers and fathers tried to.
Children do not belong to schools, the government, or society. They belong to courageous parents like Albarado who did everything in his power to protect his family and the children at his daughter’s school, while others watched from the sideline.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.