Uvarde, Texas — After a shooter stepped undisturbed into an elementary school in Texas and killed 21 people, investigations showed that a major tragedy at Rob Elementary School could be prevented, or at least minimized. Sadness turned into anger because it was done.
Parents want to know why Salvador Ramos was able to enter school without encountering a locked door and why police waited more than an hour to engage the shooter.
Residents want to know why he was able to obtain a powerful assault weapon shortly after he turned 18, and whether he could do much more to flag him as a potential threat.
Four weeks later, more questions than answers bothered Uvalde and remained in a heavy blanket-like community with little room for breath. People are having a hard time mourning because they are too busy to ask their leaders for accountability.
“We elected them, and we can get rid of them,” resident Kim Hammond said at a community meeting Wednesday night. “Show them b’s son — this is the last time this happens.”
On Thursday, due to the low sun and humidity, Rob Elementary School’s parent, Michael Brown, could not convince him to withdraw from his post outside the Uvalde County Courthouse. ..
He waved and smiled as the passing car rang. Their driver cheered him with a scream and a fist. Brown protested Wednesday for eight hours and he intended to oppose the same Thursday and perhaps Friday — anything to get the attention of officials.
“I don’t like it-a lie, a betrayal. It’s getting worse,” Brown said.
On the other side of the street in the town square of Yuvarde, there are still flowers, photographs and crosses bearing the names of the 21 victims. This reminds us that a city of about 15,000 people will never be the same.
On Tuesday, Colonel Steve McLaugh, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, described the law enforcement response as a “serious failure.” He elaborated on how police were able to enter the unlocked room where the shooter’s rampage unfolded, but instead chose to save the lives of police officers over children.
The next day, Arredondo was on leave after a noisy city council hearing with enthusiastic comments from several community members.
“He didn’t work. Brown regrets voting for Aledondo, stating Aledondo’s decision to delay the confrontation with the shooter in a shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers. He added that he wanted to see him escape from the town.
Residents have greatly praised the decision to discipline Aledondo, but say that more must be done to regain the trust of the community.
“It’s a baby’s step,” said Berlinda Arreola, who was among the people whose 10-year-old granddaughter Amerie Jo Garza was killed.
Arreola refuses to refer to Arredondo in his title, instead calling him “Pete” and his “respect” for using “chief” or “mister” when talking about embarrassed officials. Declares not to give to.
“You can’t strip his badge, but you can strip him from our lives,” she said. “It’s hard to see him.”
Arreola was one of the relatives of several victims who attended a community meeting led by a group of medical professionals and residents on Wednesday night.
The group, which calls itself Uvalde Strong for Gun Safety on Facebook, says it’s not an anti-gun, but is advocating changes that make it more difficult to buy assault-type weapons like those used by Ramos.
“In every country in the world, they probably have the same serious mental health problems as we do here in the United States. The only difference is the easy access to powerful firearms. “That’s right,” Rogerio Munoz, a former Uvarde city council member, said at the meeting.
“The truth is, if there was a law that would not allow us to buy one of these guns at the age of 18, none of the children who died here would have died,” he added.
On Thursday, Arreola said “dark clouds” would continue to remain above Rob Elementary School. Her son lives one block from Ramos’ grandmother, and she continues to struggle to find out that “evil lurks” near her family.
Every day she said her sadness became heavier and unbearable. I feel a month in a blink of an eye.
“It’s very overwhelming,” she said. “It’s coming out one after another. No one can believe it anymore.”
Mayor of Yuvalde, Don McLaughlin, said earlier this week that he believed that children and teachers should not be asked to return to Rob Elementary School and hopes that it will be demolished. No timeline was provided, but President Joe Biden had previously expressed his support for the destruction of the school.
Areola and others gathered on Wednesday said they were looking forward to the day when they no longer needed to see the campus where much was robbed of them.
“Everyone is very tired of making excuses. I want an answer,” Areola said.