Mother of Uvalde Shooter Claims He Was Not a Violent Person – Opinion

The mother of the despicable Uvalde school shooter admitted her son was a loner who “kept to himself and didn’t have many friends,” but claimed he was not a violent person. The mother also claimed she never had an unhealthy relationship with her son.

Salvador Rolando Ramos shot dead 19 children and two teachers Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday in a horrific spree that has roiled the nation. The shooter’s mother, Adriana Reyes, spoke with DailyMail Wednesday from San Antonio, Texas, but declined to discuss rumors that she’s a drug addict. Reyes was at her mother’s bedside when the shooter shot her in the head. Reyes said she was “surprised” that her son would do such a thing:

My son wasn’t a violent person. I’m surprised by what he did. All of those families are my prayers. I’m praying for all of those innocent children, yes I am. These children had nothing to do with it.

She also claimed she had a “good relationship” with her son, and last saw him Monday.

Reyes’ accounts stand in sharp contrast to Wednesday’s Washington Post report, which claimed Reyes had indeed used drugs and that Reyes, her son, was a troubling character.

The gunman in Tuesday’s elementary school massacre was a lonely 18-year-old who was bullied over a childhood speech impediment, suffered from a fraught home life and lashed out violently against peers and strangers recently and over the years, friends and relatives said.

In the Post story, the shooter’s former friend Santos Valdez Jr., 18, described the weird behavior that ended their friendship: “Then he told me the truth, that he’d cut up his face with knives over and over and over,” Valdez said. “I was like, ‘You’re crazy, bro, why would you do that?’” Ramos said he did it for fun, Valdez recalled.

As to the claims that the shooter was non-violent, Valdez’s memory is different: He claims that Ramos would drive around and shoot at strangers with a BB gun. He was also fond of egging other people’s cars.

Other friends remembered that the shooter was routinely bullied in middle school over a speech impediment, and began to change his look–growing his hair out, and wearing all black clothes and eyeliner. He was absent for long periods of time and did not graduate in the expected timeline by high school. Reports of violence at home were reported and the police were called several times.

He started posting pictures of guns about a year ago, and minutes before beginning his rampage (after he’d already shot his grandmother) he sent out disturbing posts which have since been taken down.

There were other signs of disturbing behavior, and I’m sure even more examples will come out in the days ahead. It begs the question, “Why are we talking about this animal?” Why do we ever mention his name? And why can we not see his photo on the internet? The truth is, I shudder every time I have to type his name, but it’s almost impossible to write a comprehensible story without it. We do it so that we might learn some lessons to help prevent similar atrocities in the future.

What can we take away from this event? Unfortunately, the same thing we’ve learned in many previous events: The signs were there. His mother’s version of her son and their relationship is simply not credible. As did the Parkland shooter, both the shooter displayed clear warning signs. Before they can execute their bizarre plans, we need to figure out a way of stopping them.

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