A month ago, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. In all, 19 children and two teachers died that day. All of them were killed in one classroom. Some of the children who survived 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 took so long to get help. At first, the police claimed they acted swiftly, but it seems that isn’t the case. How many lives could be saved if the police weren’t instructed to hold back?
We can only imagine how traumatic the experience was for everyone in Uvalde that day, especially the students who were inside Robb Elementary School. The surviving children in the classroom lived through a horrific experience. The children in other classrooms, some of whom escaped the school through windows, also lived through a terrifying experience that shouldn’t be part of what children experience when they are at school.
It’s easy to understand why parents and children would never want to go back to Robb Elementary School. They won’t have to have to. The mayor of Uvalde, Don McLaughlin, announced 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 details about the police response during the school shooting.
According to the 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.”
Robb Elementary had students in 2nd through 4th grade. The incoming 2nd graders will attend the same school as the 1st graders, which was previously only for students in grades K through 1st. Students in 5th and 6th grade were only allowed to attend Flores Elementary.