Uvalde school shooter Salvador Ramos was bullied for being poor and wearing eyeliner, classmates say
UVALDE, TEXAS: The teen who carried out a mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in south Texas on Tuesday, May 24, was reportedly bullied at school and also had an “aggressive streak”. Salvador Ramos' former classmates have claimed that the teen did not have a good experience as a student because he was ridiculed for being poor and wearing eyeliner.
One of his ex-classmates described him as “emo” and said his lisp created issues for him too. Ramos was also mocked by using gay slurs, some reports have claimed. Another former pupil, whose name has not been revealed, said, “He would, like, not go to school...and he just, like, slowly dropped out. He barely came to school.” He stated that after passing high school, he and the 18-year-old were not that much in contact but would sometimes message each other on Xbox. “He would message me here and there,” he added as reported by The Daily Mail.
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The friend reportedly said that four days before the Uvalde school massacre, Ramos shared a photo of the AR and a backpack full of 5.56 rounds with him. He said, “[He had] probably like seven [magazines]. I was like: 'Bro, why do you have this?' and he was like: 'Don't worry about it.’” The killer had also told his friend recently that he “wouldn't recognize me”.
It has been said that Ramos’ now-deleted Instagram page included an image of two AR15-style rifles while on his TikTok bio, he wrote, “Kids be scared irl.” The reason behind the senseless crime has not been identified yet but one neighbor reportedly said he saw the young man quarreling with his grandmother before he went to the elementary school to take the lives of the innocents, including 19 children and two school staff. The person said he was upset because “he did not graduate”.
Ramos, who was from North Dakota, also fatally shot his grandmother before going to the school nearly 24 hours after his classmates had graduated. The neighbor said he heard the old woman yelling, “He shot me, he shot me.”
The mass shooter’s colleagues at Wendy's have also spoken about him after the tragedy. One of them said, “He would be very rude towards the girls sometimes, and one of the cooks, threatening them by asking, 'Do you know who I am?’ And he would also send inappropriate texts to the ladies.” Adrian Mendes, evening manager at the Wendy's, added: “He felt like the quiet type, the one who doesn't say much. He didn't really socialize with the other employees. He just worked, got paid, and came in to get his check.”
Meanwhile, it has been reported that on May 12 Ramos had tagged a Los Angeles woman in his guns’ pictures on Instagram. He also sent a direct message to her on the social media platform, saying, “You gonna repost my gun pics.” The woman then asked him, “What your guns gotta do with me?” He answered, “Just wanted to tag you.”
Then on Tuesday, the day of the crime, Ramos – who used @sal8dor_ as his username – again texted her, writing: “I'm about to,” which prompted another question from the woman, “about to what.” He replied: “I'll tell you before 11,” before adding: “But you HAVE TO RESPOND. I got a lil secret. I wanna tell u.” The shooter messaged her last at 9:16 in the morning, almost two hours before he stormed the Uvalde school. The final message said, “Ima air out.”
After the horrifying event, the woman said, “He's a stranger I know nothing about him he decided to tag me in his gun post. I'm so sorry for the victims and their families I really don't know what to say.” She also claimed, “The only reason I responded to him was because I was afraid of him I wish I stayed awake to at least try to convince him to not commit his crime. I didn't know.”