The 18-year-old who carried out a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school was given the nickname “The Yubo School Shooter” on a social media app he used.
salvador ramos shot his grandmother before killing 19 children and two teachers this week.
He didn’t leave a note explaining his actions, but messages Ramos sent to online strangers have surfaced.
These include bragging about buying a gun and comments in an online audio chat room that people deserve “to be raped”.
A 17-year-old girl met Ramos on the social media app Yubo, which has a feature for users to join live audio chat rooms called “lives”.
She told Sky News how Ramos would join these chat rooms and ‘threaten rape, kidnapping and murder’.
He privately messaged her and other girls and threatened them if they didn’t respond.
On Valentine’s Day, Ramos texted the 17-year-old that he would adore her before telling her to “go jump off a bridge” when she didn’t respond.
Ramos then found his real name and phone number and sent him a threatening text message.
He messaged: “Are you going to ask me how I got your number.
“You’re going to regret not doing what I say.”
He signed the post with the username on his Yubo profile, TheBiggestOpp.
We are not releasing the identity of the 17-year-old, but we have verified her story.
She decided to speak out because she thinks a cell phone check could have stopped her from buying guns and she feels angry at Yubo’s lack of action on her behavior. .
The girl said she and her friends repeatedly reported Ramos’ account for hate speech and harassment. They only received automated responses on the app.
She said: “He was just harassing people. He was threatening rape, kidnapping and murder.
“He was like ‘do you even know who I am?’ [and] ‘you will be famous if you follow me’. He really wanted to be known for that.”
When news of the attack broke, she said she was shocked but not surprised.
“He was given the nickname Yubo’s school shooter,” she explained.
“People were joining lives and going, ‘Oh, hey, look, that’s Yubo’s school shooter.’
“He never tried to close that nickname, he almost seemed proud of it, you know.”
She is still an active member of Yubo and says she loves the friends she has made on the app. She says people on live chats would push back against Ramos’ aggressive comments towards girls, but admits it turned into bullying on the app.
“People used to stand up for girls and say ‘F*** out of our lives, you weirdo’ or ‘Stop it! These girls don’t want you.’
“I’m not going to lie, he was bullied on the app. It’s almost a high school community. There are losers, there are popular people there. It’s weird to explain Like when he joined lives most people would say ‘Yubo’s school shooter’ [because] he was known to be weird.
“[The attack] is frankly not surprising. It’s a sad fact that he could have been arrested. It really could have.”
The girl and her friends fear they must have done more than report it on the app, but the 17-year-old believes that if his phone had been looked at as part of a background check he would have could be stopped.
“All it would have taken was a background check… if someone had gone through the tapes on their phone or something, that’s all it would have taken. It’s just crazy that he could buy that gun and walk around school in. Because we knew how crazy he was.
She added: “We knew long before that he was a freak.
“He was never normal. We never got to sit down and he took his mask off and was a normal person. I don’t even think it was a mask. I think it was really him.”
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A Yubo spokesperson told Sky News: “We are deeply saddened by this indescribable loss and are cooperating fully with law enforcement in their investigation.
“At this point, we are not legally able to release specific user information outside of direct requests from law enforcement, but we can confirm that we are investigating an account that has since been banned from the platform. -form.”
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