Uvalde Mayor Announces That Robb Elementary Will Be Demolished
A month ago, a gunman opened fire on innocent teachers and children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. In all, 19 children and 2 teachers lost their lives that day. All of them were killed in one classroom. Some of the children who managed to survive called 911, using blood from their dead friends to pretend they were dead themselves.
The police response to the shooting was painfully slow. The children who called 911 didn’t understand why it was taking so long to get help. At first, the police claimed they acted swiftly, but it seems that is not the case. How many lives could have been saved if the police had not been instructed to hold back?
We can only imagine how traumatic the experience was for everyone in Uvalde that day especially the students that were inside Robb Elementary School. The surviving children in the classroom lived through a horrific experience. The children in other classrooms, some who escaped the school through windows, also lived through a terrifying experience that should not be part of what children experience while at school.
It is easy to understand why parents and children would never want to go back to Robb Elementary School. Thankfully, they won’t have to. The mayor of Uvalde, Don McLaughlin, announced during a city counsel meeting that the school will be “demolished.” He said, “My understanding — I had a discussion with the superintendent — that school will be demolished. We could never ask a child to go back, or a teacher to go back into that school ever.”
Watch the video below for more new details about the police response during the school shooting and why Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw called the response “an abject failure.”
According to school Superintendent Hal Harrell, the plan is to relocate all 550 students who attended Robb Elementary School to other schools for the upcoming school year. State Sen. Roland Gutierrez told KSAT, “I can’t tell you how many little children that I’ve talked to that don’t want to go back into that building. They’re just traumatized. They’re just destroyed.”
Students at Robb Elementary attended 2nd through 4th grade. Incoming 2nd graders will attend Dalton Elementary School which was previously only for students in grades K through 1st and is where the students attended 1st grade the previous year. Third and 4th graders will be relocated to Flores Elementary which was previously only for students in 5th and 6th grade.