Robb Elementary School in Uvalde to Be Demolished: ‘You Can Never Ask a Child to Go Back’
The mayor of Uvalde said Tuesday Robb Elementary School, the site of the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, will be demolished.
Mayor Don McLaughlin said after a city council meeting the school will be demolished after 19 children and two teachers were murdered on may 24 by an 18-year-old gunman.
“My understanding — and I had this discussion with the superintendent — that school will be demolished,” McLaughlin said. “You can never ask a child to go back or teacher to go back in that school ever.”
No timetable was offered for the demolition.
The comment followed what was described as a heated city council meeting held Tuesday evening.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin attempted to quell outrage over his city’s response to the Robb Elementary School shooting, claiming Tuesday there’s “no coverup” of the city’s handling of the massacre.
But during a fiery city council meeting on Tuesday evening, McLaughlin seemingly changed his tune, offering a strong rebuke of the police response to the shooting and the chaotic handling of the tragedy’s aftermath.
McLaughlin also expressed his displeasure with Texas Department of Public Safety Director, Col. Steven McCraw.
McCraw condemned the response to the shooting by local law enforcement officers while testifying before state lawmakers earlier in the day. He categorized it as an “abject failure.”
He divulged a door officers waited to breach for one hour and 14 minutes was never locked by the gunman. He also announced officers immediately on the scene were in possession of tactical rifles, shields and other equipment which could have helped them end the massacre.
First responders also disarmed the police officer husband of deceased Robb teacher Eva Mireles.
McCraw told the Texas Tribune, “The officers had body armor; the children had none. The officers had training; the subject had none. One hour, 14 minutes and 8 seconds. That’s how long children waited, and the teachers waited, in Room 111 to be rescued.”
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