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Uvalde school officials announce elementary campus will not reopen

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees announced at their first meeting since 19 children and two teachers were killed by an 18-year-old gunman that the school where the tragedy took place will not reopen .

Robb Elementary School was the site of an attack that killed 19 fourth graders and two teachers on May 24.

CNN and the New York Post reported on the meeting, while the investigation into what happened is still ongoing:

Superintendent Hal Harrell told parents at the meeting that the pupils would not be returning to school – but then ended the meeting and went into a lengthy closed session without ever speaking to the head of the district police, Pete Arredondo, who made the fateful decision not to break down the door to the classroom where gunman Salvador Ramos was locked up with two classrooms full of children.

Arredondo, who was elected to a city council seat earlier this year, was secretly sworn in last week after a council meeting was cancelled.

Some parents who attended the meeting expressed anger that school officials did not answer many questions they have about the police response to the attack, including claiming that officers have waited over an hour to shoot the shooter.

A sheriff’s crime scene tape is seen outside Robb Elementary School as state troopers guard the area in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022. (Photo by ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images)

“We want answers on where the security is going to be,” Angela Turner, a mother from Uvalde who lost her niece in the shooting, told CNN.

“It was all a joke,” Turner said of the reunion. “I’m so disappointed in our school district.”

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) called on the FBI to investigate the police response.

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would launch an investigation into police actions, at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin.

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