Uvalde schools' police chief resigns from City Council
The Uvalde school district’s police chief has stepped down from his position in the City Council just weeks after being sworn in following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
Uvalde schools' police chief resigns from City Council
The Uvalde school district’s police chief has stepped down from his position in the City Council just weeks after being sworn in following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead. Chief Pete Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News on Friday that he has decided to step down for the good of the city administration. The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions.news.yahoo.com
Texas safety officials will begin “random intruder detection audits” of schools in September
Texas School Safety Center officials said they will alert districts and local law enforcement of the audits, where trained staff will try to find access points into school buildings. But school campuses will not be informed ahead of time.
“Nobody’s giving us any answers”: Uvalde families demand details of shooting investigation at City Council meeting
Uvalde’s mayor said city officials could be prosecuted for releasing details of the investigation. Pete Arredondo, the City Council member and school district police chief, was absent for the second straight meeting.
Letters: Deadly freedom
This is a part of a bigger pattern of mainstream Americans exploiting one another under the banner of freedom. I don’t see Republican candidates or party members disrupting Democratic events or harassing Democratic office holders at restaurants, like the guy who went afterTed Cruz while trying to eat. Would you agree that no individual citizen needs an arsenal of assault weapons that are used in this country for the murder of schoolchildren and other innocent people? There are political office holders and candidates who want everyone to have unlimited access to assault weaponry, without regard to age or mental competence. They believe that a person’s right to own assault weapons supersedes the right of all other people to live free of the fear of being gunned down in public places.myrgv.com
Letters: Gun safety laws needed
The Uvalde tragedy where 19 schoolchildren and two teachers were killed by a deranged 18-year-old male using two Daniel assault rifles he purchased legally, and the 26 similar tragedies before including Sandy Hook Elementary School, call for urgently adopting gun safety laws.myrgv.com
Raptor will help reunify students, parents
HARLINGEN – The Sandy Hook and Uvalde shootings have set off the most visceral of emotions for parents everywhere. Scenes from those incidents show terrified parents enduring minutes and hours trying to determine their children’s fates. The new Raptor Alert System which will soon be implemented here will address that. “First responders and other authorized users will also be able to know where every student is and also their condition during an emergency.”This student accountability component will allow responders and other selected Raptor Alert users to reunify parents and students, what Castillo called a “reunification” effort. In this way, Castillo said, there is clear complete communication with everyone associated with that particular student.myrgv.com
Los Fresnos CISD upgrades security, adds nine new officers
By GARY LONGSTAFF WRITERIn a school security upgrade, the Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District will double its police force and post armed certified police officers at each of the district’s 14 campuses, including nine elementary schools, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Jimmy Mcdonough, LFCISD’s executive director of academics, said the security upgrade being implemented this summer in the interest of the district’s students and stakeholders. Over the years, school security has advanced. Once inside a visitor must surrender a valid ID and is given a Raptor badge identifying them to wear while on campus, McDonough said. McDonough put together a Power Point presentation about the security upgrade with a voice over explaining important points.myrgv.com
Eye Opener: Senate passes most significant legislation addressing guns in nearly 30 years
The first major gun control legislation in decades passes the Senate. Also, new alarming information about former President Donald Trump's efforts to stay in power after losing the 2020 election is revealed. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener.news.yahoo.com
Sister of Uvalde shooting victim testifies before Texas lawmakers: ‘I’m terrified to go back’ to school
Jazmin Cazares, 17, was one of several family members of shooting victims and experts testifying before Texas lawmakers on Thursday. Her sister, Jackie Cazares, 9, was one of the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde.
Half a century after one Uvalde movement, another rises
After a long procession of funerals, the collective grief in Uvalde is turning into collective rage. Moms and dads are showing up at town meetings teary-eyed and angry to demand school police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo’s firing.washingtonpost.com
Texas is unlikely to adopt key provision of bipartisan gun bill — a red flag law to take guns away from people deemed dangerous
Red flag laws likely remain a nonstarter among Republican leaders in Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott already faced a conservative backlash after he asked the Legislature to consider them four years ago.
Uvalde school police chief on leave after mass shooting
DALLAS (AP) — The Uvalde school district’s police chief was put on leave Wednesday following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 stude[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde mayor accuses state of leaking records to make local police look bad
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin on Tuesday accused state authorities of selectively releasing information about last month’s school shooting to scapegoat local law enforcement and intentionally leaving ou[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Uvalde schools police chief placed on leave amid fierce criticism of school shooting response
The move comes weeks after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary. Uvalde CISD police Chief Pete Arredondo, one of the first to respond, and state officials have provided differing stories about what happened inside the school.
Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo placed on administrative leave as public hearings, investigation continues
The Uvalde school district police chief, Pete Arredondo, has been placed on administrative leave Wednesday as public hearings and the investigation into the May 24 school massacre continues.
Texas Senator who represents Uvalde sues DPS over school shooting information request – Houston Public Media
Gutierrez, a San Antonio Democrat whose district includes Uvalde, said DPS has “unlawfully denied” his request and hasn’t responded to the senator within the timeframe set forth in Texas law.houstonpublicmedia.org
U.S. Senate, in 64-34 vote, advances bipartisan gun legislation backed by Cornyn – Houston Public Media
The legislation would enhance background checks for gun purchasers younger than 21. It would also make it easier to remove guns from people threatening to kill themselves or others, as well as people who have committed domestic violence.houstonpublicmedia.org
Before the school shooting, Uvalde was known for a 1970 Hispanic student walkout. Its aging participants fear its spirit and memory are fading.
When a popular Hispanic teacher didn’t get his contract renewed at Robb Elementary School in 1970, hundreds of students decided to boycott school for weeks in what they called a stand against pervasive discrimination.
Texas top cop: Uvalde police could've ended rampage early on
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police had enough officers and firepower on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, and they would have fou[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Here’s how Pete Arredondo and other law enforcement differ on what happened during the Uvalde shooting
New information released by law enforcement sources and the director of the Department of Public Safety tells a different story about police response to the shooting than Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo.
TIMELINE: DPS releases log of activity, conversations of police situated outside classroom where children, teachers were being massacred
The Texas Department of Public Safety released a timeline of events leading up to, and during, the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two teachers dead. The log of events shows that officers - with rifles - stood and waited in the school hallway for nearly an hour while the gunman carried out the May 24 attack.
‘Abject failure’: Texas top cop testifies at state Senate hearing on police response to Uvalde school massacre
The head of the Texas Department of Public Safety says three minutes after a gunman entered a school where he slaughtered 19 elementary students and two teachers there was sufficient armed law enforcement on scene to stop the gunman.
WATCH LIVE: Testimonies continue in Uvalde shooting investigation
Documents examined by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV show armed police officers stood in a Uvalde elementary school hallway with at least one ballistic shield within 19 minutes of a gunman arriving at the school, where he killed 21 people, 19 of them children.
Bettencourt: Uvalde classroom door unlocked during rampage; law enforcement didn’t try to see if it would open
On Monday, the state House committee investigating the response to the mass murders at Robb Elementary will hear testimony from responding law enforcement officers. It is the third day of testimony in Uvalde.
City of Uvalde police will cooperate with shooting probe, house committee says
The chair of the House committee investigating the police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting said Uvalde police will cooperate with the investigation. A day prior, Republican State Rep. Dustin Burrows told reporters that cooperation was a question mark.
The last hearse travels the final mile: Layla Salazar’s burial ends Uvalde funerals for shooting victims
The unremitting pace of ritualized mourning ended Thursday as the town buried an 11-year-old victim of the Robb Elementary shooting. Survivors now face less structured grief, starting each day knowing they will live it out differently than they should have.
Almost 100 Texas school districts have added their own police departments since 2017, but not everyone feels safer
Officials have called for more armed officers on campuses in the wake of the Uvalde shooting. Experts and some parents, though, say more law enforcement on campus doesn’t necessarily make schools safer.