Houston, Oct. 8 (IANS) In Uvalde, Texas, the entire school police force has been suspended in part due to parental protests regarding the police reaction to the mass school shooting that occurred on May 24 and left 19 children and two instructors dead in the community.
According to a statement released by the CISD on Friday, “The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) has decided to temporarily halt the operations of the Uvalde CISD Police Department.”
Four cops and one security officer are now employed with the department.
According to the statement, the District has asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to send more troopers to campuses and extracurricular events.
The statement also mentioned that Ken Mueller, the director of student services at Uvalde CISD, and Lt. Miguel Hernandez, who was charged with directing the department through the aftermath of the incident, had been placed on administrative leave. Mueller has decided to stop working.
The action was taken a day after the discharge of Crimson Elizondo, an officer who had been employed by the Uvalde school system while being under investigation for her actions as the first DPS trooper to enter the Robb Elementary School hallway after the shooter had gained admission.
According to an internal inquiry, she didn’t bring her rifle or vest into the school at the time.
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About a dozen families of the victims and locals have been conducting a 24-hour vigil outside the school district’s administrative offices since last week. They are pleading with the administration to hold all school police officers accountable for their inaction during the May 24 massacre.
The gunshot was attended to by 376 law enforcement officers in all, including school police officers, but no action was taken for 74 minutes.
Then, in August, the Uvalde school board unanimously decided to terminate Pete Arredondo, the chief of police for the Uvalde schools, who had been largely held responsible for the inadequate law enforcement response.
He would have been in charge of the incident under the district’s active shooter strategy, according to a report from a Texas House committee.
“They were the ones that let us down. They failed to safeguard the kids or the employees “Before the start of the new school year in early September, a parent made a statement at a community meeting.
“You’ve made a large hole. You need to find a method to escape this situation “At the meeting, a different parent informed city and school system authorities.
Since then, Robb Elementary School, the scene of the incident, has been closed.
Children who would have attended Robb now attend two other city-run primary schools.
For those families who choose not to send their children back to school, a virtual academy is also an option.
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