Facebook Twitter Tumblr Close Skip to main content
A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

Tactical Unit, Not Off-Duty Officer, Killed Uvalde Gunman

Tactical Unit, Not Off-Duty Officer, Killed Uvalde Gunman

Jacob Albarado, who has been described in media reports as an off-duty Customs and Border Protection officer, helped students escape the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24. But online rumors falsely claim he was the CBP officer who killed the shooter. Albarado has said in interviews, “I didn’t shoot the guy.”

Social Media Posts Make Baseless Claims About Gender Identity of Uvalde Shooter

Social Media Posts Make Baseless Claims About Gender Identity of Uvalde Shooter

Police are still investigating the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, but as of May 26 they had shared no evidence about the shooter’s gender identity. Despite that lack of evidence, Rep. Paul Gosar and others claimed the gunman was transgender. Social media posts making the baseless claim have shared photos of a person unrelated to the attack.

Meme Inflates School Shooting Deaths

Meme Inflates School Shooting Deaths

A meme circulating online claims that 7,182 students have been “killed in U.S. schools” since 2012, but that number is inflated. It likely refers to all firearm fatalities involving children, including suicides and shootings off campus.

Trump’s School Safety Funding Falsehood

Trump’s School Safety Funding Falsehood

President Donald Trump boasted that his administration recently provided “historic levels of funding to improve school safety” and “hire more officers” through the newly created STOP School Violence Act. But the new law does not fund school safety at “historic levels.”

Another Bogus Parkland Conspiracy Theory

Another Bogus Parkland Conspiracy Theory

Q: Does searching an obituary website prove that there were no shooting deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14?

A: No. A website falsely suggests that there were no deaths because the victims’ obituaries couldn’t be found on one particular site.

David Hogg at School During Parkland Shooting

David Hogg at School During Parkland Shooting

Q: Was David Hogg at home during the February school shooting in Florida?

A: No. Hogg recorded videos from inside the school during the shooting and a teacher confirmed that he was there at the time. 

The Gun Debate

The Gun Debate

Facts on background checks, concealed-carry laws, U.S. gun homicide rate, stolen guns