The decision has been made amid the barrage of criticism received for the apparent passivity exhibited by the security forces during that crisis.
The school district of Uvalde, Texas, announced this Friday the suspension of the entire Police Department for the failures that the body made during the response to the tragic shooting on May 24 at Robb Elementary School, in which nineteen children died. and two teachers. The decision was made amid the barrage of criticism received for the apparent passivity exhibited by the security forces during that crisis, in which the parents of the little ones yelled at the agents to enter the facilities as soon as possible.
Nearly 400 police officers attended the school where the tragedy occurred. They entered the interior just a few minutes after the gunman and, even so, it took more than an hour to confront the perpetrator of the crime. Policing was “appallingly deficient,” according to the 77-page state assembly report in July. Lieutenant Miguel Hernández, who was in charge of directing the department after the attack, and Ken Mueller, director of student services, have been removed from their positions on administrative leave, according to US media.
The student center has demanded the presence of more police and military personnel from the Texas Department of Public Safety while this suspension remains in effect. “We are confident that the safety of staff and students will not be compromised during this transition,” the school board said in a statement.