On Monday, during a fiery school board meeting, school officials were urged by eight people who were a mix of relatives and residents, to fire their police chief Pete Arredondo. The group discussed the Chief’s refusal to let officers engage an active shooter during last month’s massacre at Robb Elementary School.
Four weeks after the shooting, and with new photos from inside the school emerging, the riled community had an opportunity to speak out during the open forum, held at the school’s auditorium. The meeting was filled with grieving parents upset over the lack of response to an active shooter in their school. Residents are horrified that police stood by while their children were being shot, and that no new safety procedures have been implemented since the incident took place.
One victim’s family member spoke out against Pete Arredondo saying “Having Pete still employed, knowing he is incapable of decision-making that saves lives, is terrifying,’ Brett Cross, uncle to 8-year-old victim Uziyah Garcia, told trustees in an emotional plea Monday evening.
Cross said he had helped raise the Robb Elementary student, the youngest to die in the attack, and that Arredondo, 50, took shots at the police for their shifting account of the shooting, and their hesitance to help the kids locked in the room with Ramos.
‘ Innocence doesn’t hide, innocence doesn’t change its story, but innocence did die on May 24,’ Cross said.
‘We were failed by Pete Arredondo. He failed our kids, teachers, parents, and city,’ the irate uncle sniped.
‘And by keeping him on your staff, y’all are continuing to fail us.’
Steve McCraw head of the Texas Department of Public Safety sharply criticized the police response to the May 24 massacre as ‘an abject failure’ and the antithesis of everything police have learned and trained on since the Columbine shooting two decades ago. McCraw spoke at a Senate committee hearing with a shaky voice saying “The officers had weapons; the children had none,” McCraw said. “The officers had body armor; the children had none. The officers had training; the subject had none. One hour, 14 minutes, and 8 seconds. That’s how long children waited, and the teachers waited, in Room 111 to be rescued.”