The now-famous Texas mother who rushed into Robb Elementary School in the midst of a mass shooting to save her children has come forward to tell her story.
Despite alleged threats from law enforcement attempting to bar her from speaking to the media, Angeli Gomez is speaking out about the terrifying ordeal.
On the morning of May 24, Gomez entered Robb Elementary School to watch her kids’ graduation ceremonies. She originally didn’t want to attend because she was dusty from working on a farm earlier in the day, but reluctantly went in to take a photo with her two sons before going back to work.
Soon after returning to work at the farm, Gomez received an urgent call from her mother, informing her about the mass shooting currently underway at her sons’ school. The mother of two immediately jumped into her car, later revealing that she drove around 100 mph to the school.
Speaking with CBS News, Gomez described the chaotic scene outside of Robb Elementary School as the shooting was taking place.
“Right away as I parked, U.S. Marshals started coming toward my car saying that I wasn’t allowed to be parked there,” Gomez told the outlet.
“And he said, ‘Well, we’re gonna have to arrest you because you’re being very uncooperative,’” she explained. “I said, ‘Well, you’re gonna have to arrest me because I’m going in there. And I’m telling you right now, I don’t see none of y’all in there. Y’all are standing with snipers and y’all are far away. If y’all don’t go in there, I’m going in there.’ He immediately put me in cuffs.”
As soon as the officers removed the cuffs from Gomez, she immediately sprinted toward the school. After entering the building, she successfully got one of her sons out of his classroom.
The courageous mother then went in to save her second child, but was stopped by the police.
“So I start yelling and I’m being uncooperative, and I’m like, ‘Well, y’all ain’t doing s**t! What are y’all doing? Y’all ain’t doing s**t!’” Gomez explained.
She went on to say that the teacher initially wouldn’t open the door to the classroom where her son was and she was escorted out by police. But Gomez quickly ran back when she saw that her son’s classroom was being evacuated.
“There was not one officer inside the school when I ran to my second son’s classroom,” she said, clearly frustrated.
Talking about the police response to the shooting, and what she experienced while she was inside the building, Gomez described hearing gunshots going off during the evacuation, and said that it was obviously still an active shooter situation but police were not taking any action to stop it.
“They could have saved many more lives,” she said as she broke down into tears. “They could have gone into that classroom – and maybe two or three would have been gone – but they could have saved the whole class. They could have done something.”
“If anything, they were being more aggressive on us parents that were willing to go in there,” Gomez said, referring to Uvalde police.
She remembered telling a police officer, “If anything, I need you to go in there with me to go protect my kids.”
Gomez also revealed that she was reluctant to speak to the media at first due to alleged threats from law enforcement. According to the Uvalde mother, a police officer called and told her that her probation — from a decade-old charge — could be violated if she continued to talk to media outlets about the incident. Gomez only gave the interview after she was told by a judge that she wouldn’t be punished for speaking to the media.
Watch CBS’ interview with Gomez below: