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A Texas man has resorted to standing guard outside of his daughter's school after the Uvalde shooting

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A Texas State Trooper receives flowers for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where 21 people were killed, including 19 children, on May 25, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
A Texas State Trooper receives flowers for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School where 21 people were killed, including 19 children, on May 25, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
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  • A man in Texas has started guarding his daughter's elementary school in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.
  • "I can't let this go," Ed Chelby told KWTX, adding that he cannot sleep after the shooting in Uvalde.
  • The gunman who killed 21 people at Robb Elementary School walked into the school "unobstructed," police said.
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 A Texas man has begun guarding his daughter's elementary school in the wake of the Uvalde shooting.

Ed Chelby told KWTX that he couldn't sleep following the Uvalde school massacre that left 19 school children and two teachers dead. 

"I can't let this go," Chelby told the outlet. "This is just a testament to the sleeplessness caused by the grief I experienced."

Chelby asked permission from his school district in Killeen, Texas to start guarding his daughter's school, where he said his wife is also a school nurse. He was told he could stand guard by the school's main entrance. 

"I said I would just be out there unarmed to let people know that I'm watching. Let the parents have a little bit of relief," said Chelby, telling KWTX that he has 11 years of experience in the Army and a background in security.


"I've had a lot of emotional people come up to me," Chelby told the outlet. "They didn't want to send their kids to school. They struggled with sending their kids to school. And I told them, I was like, 'I got them.'"

One school parent, Samantha Longfeather-Locke, told KWTX she was relieved that Chelby was guarding the school. 

"Him standing in front of the school, that's reassuring," she told the outlet. 

"We all struggle with that," Chelby said. "You don't know if you should send your kid to school. You want them to get their education and their experience of the last days of school, but you want to protect them with everything you got."

The 18-year-old gunman who killed 21 people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde walked into the school "unobstructed" through a back door that had been propped open, police said.

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