Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin criticized the Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw for blaming police over the Robb Elementary shooting, adding that the school will be torn down and not used again.
The words came as the city council voted against a leave of absence for police chief Pete Arredondo on Tuesday night.
Uvalde: Arredondo denied leave of absence; mayor accuses DPS of lying, says school will be torn down https://t.co/FtaT6hbV86
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“There were no less than eight law enforcement agencies present in the hallway leading up to the breach of the door at Robb Elementary School,” McLaughlin said at the meeting.
“Every briefing, he leaves out the number of his own officers and rangers that were on scene that day. He leaves out that during this time, every other classroom in the building was safely evacuated by Uvalde peace officers with the assistance of Border Patrol,” he added.
ROBB ELEMENTARY TO BE TORN DOWN?
The Uvalde CISD superintendent said that the students and staff will NOT return to Robb Elementary. Calls to demolish and rebuild the school began soon after the school shooting that left 19 students and 2 teachers dead: https://t.co/GUXKlI3gUR pic.twitter.com/4wbfzTzEPj
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It has also been confirmed that Robb Elementary will be torn down, with the mayor saying he could never ask a child or teacher to return.
The ongoing battle over the response to the tragic shooting continues as people seek answers following the community’s loss.