Uvalde school board will NOT punish ‘coward’ police chief who refused to send police into the building
The Uvalde Independent School District refused to fire school police chief Pete Arredondo (pictured May 24) despite furious parents calling for his resignation
The Uvalde school board has not punished the district police chief who refused to send officers to Robb primary school after a gunman shot and killed children.
At its first board meeting since the May 24 shooting, the Uvalde Independent School District (UCISD) refused to fire the school’s chief of police, Pete Arredondo, on Friday.
Chief Inspector Hal Harrell told those in attendance that he was “eager” to let the various investigations that have been launched into law enforcement’s response to the shooting “run ahead.” The Texas Tribune reported.
Harrell’s comment implied that pending the results of the investigation, the school could still take disciplinary action against Arredondo, who is considered a cowardly ‘hideer’.
He also told concerned parents that students would “never” return to the Texas elementary school where Salvador Ramos, 18, killed 19 students and two teachers, leaving an entire community terrified to go to school.
Arredondo, who failed to attend the school board meeting, is met with furious reactions for not dispatching a team soon enough to put an end to the gunman’s despicable frenzy.
Parents who tried to rush into the school to rescue their children have also expressed outrage that they were handcuffed and detained outside, while police allowed Ramos to incite terror inside the building.
The school board held its first meeting on Friday (pictured) since the Robb Elementary School was attacked by deranged gunman Salvador Ramos. During the meeting, the inspector revealed that students ‘never’ need to return to the primary school building
A parent revealed at the school board meeting that her seven-year-old son (not pictured) is now “terrified” about going to school next year. The photo shows students fleeing Robb primary school on May 24 after the massacre
Harrell had few updates to those attending Friday’s school board meeting, but told parents his heart goes out to the families of the victims.
He also hailed the slain teachers, who reportedly stood in the line of fire protecting their students, as “heroes.”
The inspector did not discuss potential penalties for Arredondo, 50, or steps the district would take to improve school safety.
Parent Angela Turner told the paper she was disappointed with the board’s decision to keep Arredondo on duty and the lack of discussion about safety protocols.
Dawn Pointevent, who also spoke at the meeting, argued that her seven-year-old son is now “terrified” about going to school next year.
The board will meet again on June 20. Parents hope that the next meeting will better allay their concerns.
Uvalde Superintendent Hal Harrell (not pictured) had few updates to those attending Friday’s school board meeting, but told parents his hearts go out to the families of the victims. He also greeted the slain teachers as “heroes.” Law enforcement officers are pictured responding to Robb Elementary on May 24
The inspector sent the above letter to Uvalde’s parents earlier this week
Ramos stormed Robb Elementary School on May 24 with an AR-15 pistol and fired more than 100 rounds, killing 21 people. Seventeen others were injured.
The teen was in the schoolhouse for 77 minutes before police reached the locked door with a key and killed the deranged madman.
Salvador Ramos, 18, (pictured) stormed Robb Elementary School on May 24 with an AR-15 pistol and fired more than 100 rounds, killing 21 people. The teen was in the schoolhouse for 77 minutes before police reached the locked door with a key and killed him
Steven McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said last week that Arredondo, who was the acting commander during the massacre, refused to send officers into the building because he believed the shooting had turned into a hostage situation.
McCraw admitted at a news conference last Friday that waiting to take Ramos down was “the wrong decision.”
Senator Roland Gutierrez, who has publicly criticized law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting, revealed on Thursday that Arredondo did not have a radio with him during the shooting and was never informed that children had called 911 from inside the building.
“Uvalde PD was the one who received the 911 calls for 45 minutes while officers were sitting in a hallway, while 19 officers were in a hallway for 45 minutes,” Gutierrez said at Thursday’s press conference.
The lawmaker said the fact that the calls were made to the city police but not communicated to Arredondo was a “systemic error” and claimed the school police chief had not been given all the necessary information when he declined to immediately confront Ramos.
Authorities have not yet disclosed how Arredondo, a resident of Uvalde, communicated with other law enforcement officers at the scene.
This is how the shooting unfolded over the course of nearly two hours from when Ramos killed his grandmother at home. He arrived at the school at 11:28 am and the first 911 calls were made. Then he walked unobstructed into the building with his AR-15 and headed for the classroom. He fought the police at 11:44 a.m. and then remained alone in the room with the victims until around 12:44 a.m. – when the SWAT arrived. The incident was declared over at 1:06 p.m.
Community members are seen crying outside a local community center on May 24 after Ramos murdered 19 primary school students and two teachers
Authorities have admitted that waiting to take Ramos down was “the wrong decision.” Law enforcement officers are pictured at the scene of the May 24 massacre
Arredondo was hired to lead the school district’s police force, which numbers half a dozen officers, in 2020. The police are responsible for securing district campuses, manning sporting events and handling narcotics.
He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1990 and previously worked for the Webb County Sheriff’s Office and the United ISD Police Department.
He has not yet spoken publicly about the massacre, stating: he would not release any further information while the funerals were still in progress.
“We will respect the families,” said the school’s chief of police CNN on Wednesday. ‘We’re going to do that eventually. When this is done and the families stop grieving, then of course we will.’