UVALDE, Texas (AP) – Texas school district superintendent who shot and killed 19 students and two teachers The district said Thursday it would recruit more police officers, but has not released any information about the investigation.
Sometimes at a controversial news conference, Uvalde school district officials said they would not answer any questions about the investigation or staffing matters.
When Superintendent Hall Hall Harrell asked if school district police chief Pete Arredondo was still trustedHe said, “That’s the staff.”
Critics point out that Arredondo, who was in charge of law enforcement response during the May 24 attack on Rob Elementary School, waited long before agents entered the locked classroom, where he was shot.
Steven McCrae, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Arredondo, who was responsible for the multi-agency response on May 24, made the “wrong decision” without ordering authorities to violate the classroom more quickly. 18-year-old gunman.
Arredondo did not respond to repeated interview requests and questions from the Associated Press.
The gunman, Salvador Ramos, spent about 80 minutes inside the school, and more than an hour had passed since the first officers followed him into the building and, according to the official timeline, he had been killed. Meanwhile, parents outside begged the police to come inside And frightened children called 911 From the inside.
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Law enforcement and state officials have worked hard to provide an accurate timeline and details and have made frequent corrections to previous statements. No information has been released on the police response since a few days after the attack.
There has also been tension between state and local officials over how police conducted the shootings and what happened to the public.
At a news conference Thursday, Rob announced Harrell plans for campuses that students will attend in the fall. He said discussions were ongoing on what would happen to the location of Rob Elementary.
“We will not go back to that campus in any form or fashion,” he said.