Uvalde mayor announces Robb Elementary will be demolished

The school where 19 kids and two teachers were massacred will reportedly be demolished, Uvalde's mayor said Tuesday night.

The school where 19 kids and two teachers were massacred will reportedly be demolished, Uvalde’s mayor said Tuesday night.

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Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced Tuesday night, June 21, that Robb Elementary School will be razed, saying that no child or teacher should return to the site of the massacre during an almost two-hour emotional city council meeting. McLaughlin told residents, concerned parents, and family who lost students in the May 24 mass shooting that he learned that the school would be demolished from a conversation with Uvalde CISD superintendent Hal Harrell.

“You can never ask a child to go back, or a teacher to go back in that school ever,” McLaughlin said.

He didn’t provide a timeline for the demolition. Harrell announced earlier this month that students from Robb Elementary will be split between Dalton Elementary School and Flores Elementary School in the next school year. 

City council also denied Pete Arredondo, Uvalde CISD police chief and recently elected council member, a leave of absence, leaving him open to being removed from city council after missing three meetings. Residents at the meeting called for Arredondo to leave or be removed from his city council post.

Parents have also called for him to be removed as the school district chief for the way he handled the mass shooting that killed 19 kids and two teachers. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told a Texas Senate committee on Tuesday that police response to the school shooting was an ‘abject failure.’

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