Gun control is usually a cynical response. It’s especially a cynical response in school shootings which were often overlooked internally with horrifying consequences from Parkland to Uvalde. But Uvalde has set a high water mark for a mismanaged school system that wrecked its own security setup followed by a local political cover-ups on the actions of the local police force. So it’s the perfect time to pretend that the problem is gun control and to try and pass the buck to Gov. Abbott.
The Uvalde school board is formally urging Gov. Greg Abbott to call state lawmakers back to Austin so they can raise the legal age to buy assault rifles from 18 to 21…
That’s bound to fix everything.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District trustees approved the largely symbolic resolution in a unanimous vote on the same night they voted to delay the start of the school year. Trustees moved the first day of school from Aug. 15 to Sept. 6 so that more security improvements can be made to campuses and district staffers can receive trauma-informed training.
Security improvements? Like having actual locks and keys, and having teachers and staff lock and unlock doors, instead of propping them open?
At least a year before the shooting, the gunman had threatened women, carried around a dead cat and been nicknamed “school shooter,” according to the investigation.
If only someone at the Uvalde school board and system had seen this coming.
The Uvalde school board has been consistently under fire by angry parents and this is a very obvious attempt at a distraction.
The Uvalde school board had scheduled a meeting for Saturday to consider firing Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, days after the district superintendent recommended his dismissal in the wake of a state lawmakers’ report that detailed how Arredondo, along with numerous other police officers, failed to confront the shooter for more than an hour, apparently without sufficient reason.
School district officials ultimately decided to indefinitely postpone the board meeting, citing due process requirements and a request from Arredondo’s attorney. But in a statement announcing the postponement, school district officials noted that the paid administrative leave Arredondo had been would now be unpaid. Arredondo had been on leave from his job since 23 June as lawmakers examined his actions during the shooting.
The principal however has been suspended with pay.
Mandy Gutierrez, principal of Robb Elementary School in Texas, was suspended with pay Monday, her attorney, Ricardo Cedillo, confirmed to ABC News.
A special legislative investigation into the May 24 massacre at the school found that Gutierrez was aware of security problems prior to a shooter accessing the school — killing 19 students and two teachers — but she had not had the problems fixed.
District officials declined to discuss the suspension or what it means.
So you can see why the school board is desperate to talk gun control.
Uvalde residents had a chance to ask questions and raise concerns over school safety at a special school board meeting Monday night.
The meeting lasted for hours inside of the John H. Harrell Auditorium.
Families of victims and survivors joined community members demanding action.
Much of the outrage stemmed around Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo still being employed by the school district. It was unveiled tonight in the school board meeting that Arredondo’s administrative leave is paid.
“In hindsight, this meeting should have happened earlier, I apologize that it did not we tried to find the right time and right balance out of respect. I did not do well,” Dr. Hal Harrell, superintendent of Uvalde CISD said at the beginning of the meeting.
Dr. Harrell’s apology fell on deaf ears to nearly every member of the audience who continually shouted things like fail and accountability throughout the hours-long meeting.
“If he’s not fired by noon tomorrow then I want your resignation and every single one of you board members because y’all do not give a D*** about our children or us,” Brett Cross, Uziyah Garcia’s legal guardian said regarding Arredondo’s employment.
Gun control in this case is the last resort of the scoundrels hoping to change the conversation from their own accountability.