Update: Concerning Uvalde Shooting: Mayor Orders Demolition of Robb Elementary School.
The mayor of the city has announced that Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, will be demolished.
At a tense and emotional council meeting on Tuesday, when residents were demanding answers about the shooting, Don McLaughlin made the statement.
He did not specify a date for the school’s demolition.
Since the May rampage, public anger has grown as a result of allegations that the public delayed confronting the attacker for more than an hour.
“My understanding is that the school will be demolished, and I discussed this with the superintendent. You may never ask a student or teacher to return to that school. “Added Mr. McLaughlin.
In the second, third, and fourth grades at Robb Elementary, there are 600 children.
State Senator Roland Gutierrez informed local media last month that Vice President Joe Biden had suggested demolishing the institution. Robb Elementary is not the first school to be destroyed following a horrific shooting.
After 20 students, ages six and seven, and six staff members were shot in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, in 2012, the building was demolished. On the same site, a new school was constructed.
According to the director of public safety for Texas, there was enough police present in Uvalde three minutes after the shooter entered the building to have stopped him. But before a team entered the classroom, cops stood outside for more than an hour.
Steven McCraw told a state Senate hearing the police response was an “abject failure’ and accused the on-scene commander of putting officers’ lives above the children’s.
The attack by Salvador Ramos, 18, has reignited the national debate about gun control laws.
The most important new gun control measures in a generation were advanced by US senators on Tuesday to address mass shootings.