United States: in front of Congress, the chilling testimony of a survivor of the Uvalde massacre

Published on June 09, 2022 at 7:35 am

The Uvalde massacre claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers – © Getty Images

On May 24, an 18-year-old high school student armed with an assault rifle killed 19 schoolchildren and two female teachers at a school in Uvalde, Texas. Another school killing, which revives the debate on the regulation of the carrying of weapons.

The Uvalde massacre continues to shake the United States. The indignation in the face of this umpteenth mass shooting is only mounting in the face of the immobility of political leaders, in particular Republicans, who refuse to budge on the question of carrying arms.

In an attempt to make elected officials aware of the seriousness of the situation, the testimonies of survivors of the massacre are multiplying. Wednesday Miah Cerrillo, a girl who had to cover herself with the blood of one of her friends to escape the killer, testified before the American Congress.

The shooter “said ‘good night’ to my teacher and he shot her in the head. Then he shot some of my classmates and the board,” the 11-year-old girl said during a Capitol hearing on “the epidemic of gun violence.”

“When I got closer to the backpacks, he shot my friend who was right next to me and I thought he was going to come back into the room,” said the little girl with glasses. “So I took some blood and smeared it all over myself…I was quiet, then I grabbed my teacher’s phone and called 911.”*

“Schools are no longer safe”

Miah Cerrillo assured that she no longer felt safe at school. “I don’t want this to happen again,” she implored. Present at the audition, her father, Miguel, tearfully claimed that Miah was “no longer the same little girl he used to play with”. “Schools are no longer safe, something really has to change,” he pleaded.

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The American Congress, more than ever under pressure to adopt control measures for firearms, was also confronted with the testimony of Roy Guerrero, a pediatrician from Uvalde, who described the bodies of children “pulverized”, “decapitated », « shredded » by the bullets. “What I can’t understand is whether our politicians let us down out of stubbornness, passivity, or both,” he blasted.

Zeneta Everhart, whose 21-year-old boy survived the racist massacre at a Buffalo supermarket last month, also challenged elected officials. “My son Zaire has a hole on the right side of his neck, two on his back, and another on his left leg, caused by the impact of an AR-15 (assault rifle) bullet. By cleaning his wounds I can still feel pieces of bullet in his back, ”she hammered. “Now I want you to imagine this exact scenario for one of your children. »


US President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to act against this appalling scourge, which successive governments have so far been unable to stem. But in a country where almost one in three adults owns at least one firearm, conservatives strongly oppose any measures that could violate the rights of “law-abiding citizens”.

The narrow majority of Joe Biden’s party in Congress does not allow him to pass a gun law on his own, so the challenge is to find measures that could win the support of Republicans. The discussions in the Senate currently revolve around limited proposals, such as the verification of the criminal or psychological background of purchasers of individual weapons, which associations have been calling for for years.

*(the emergency number editor’s note)

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