Uvalde shooting: Robb Elementary School to be demolished – mayoron June 22, 2022 at 2:42 am

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A gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in May.

A Texas Highway Patrol officer takes cell phone pictures of the memorial to the victims following the mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TexasImage source, EPA

Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas – where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers – will be demolished, the city’s mayor has said.

Mayor Don McLaughlin made the claim at a Tuesday meeting between the local council and families demanding answers over the shooting.

He did not say when the school would be demolished.

Public anger has risen since the May rampage, with police accused of waiting over an hour to confront the assailant.

“My understanding – and I had this discussion with the superintendent – is that school will be demolished. You can never ask a child to go back or teacher to go back in that school ever,” Mr McLaughlin said at the tense council meeting.

Robb Elementary has nearly 600 students in the second, third and fourth grades.

US President Joe Biden had suggested knocking down the school, State Senator Roland Gutierrez told local media last month.

Robb Elementary will not be the first school to be demolished after a mass shooting.

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was razed after 20 students aged six and seven years old and six staff members were shot in 2012. A new school was built on the same land.

Photo purportedly showing police officers armed with rifles at Uvalde's school hallway at 11:52 local time on 24 May 2022

Image source, Austin American-Statesman / KVUE-TV

Texas’s public safety chief said on Tuesday there were enough police on the scene in Uvalde to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building. But police waited for more than an hour outside classrooms before a team made entry.

Steven McCraw told a state Senate hearing the police response was an “abject failure” and accused the on-scene commander of putting officers’ lives above the children’s.

The attack by an 18-year-old – identified as Salvador Ramos – has led to renewed national debate about gun regulations.

US Senators on Tuesday advanced new legislation to address mass shootings in what has been called the most significant new gun controls in a generation.

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