Shooting at Uvalde: Robb Elementary’s parents file complaints seeking dismissal of Superintendent Hal Harrell


The school board held a special meeting Monday night to consider complaints against Superintendent Hal Harrell.

Ahead of the session, Adam Martinez told CNN he wanted “accountability” following a report from the Texas State House examining the May 24 mass shooting, and “it starts with the superintendent and anyone below him”.

A Texas House investigative committee report cited Robb Elementary’s “culture of non-compliance with security policies,” including its failure to adequately prepare for the risk of an armed intruder and the common practice of leave the doors unlocked. The massacre was the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.

The school board meeting began with a public comment period of approximately 10 minutes and then moved into closed session. A little over three hours later, the council members reappeared.

A board member moved a motion to require the superintendent to provide the board with names or organizations that could review the school district’s administrative accountability practices. He also asked her to schedule a public council meeting for the public to discuss issues related to the start of the new school year.

The board also voted to coordinate with Harrell on the school police investigation.

The motion passed unanimously.

Families and community members expressed anger at the end of the meeting, with some saying it took three hours to accomplish nothing.

The board has another meeting scheduled for Wednesday where it will consider firing school district police chief Pete Arredondo.

Officials said Arredondo was the on-scene commander during the shooting, but the chief disputed that, saying he did not believe he was responsible.

Response officers from multiple agencies did not enter the classroom to confront the shooter until more than an hour after the shooting began – a decision that some law enforcement experts say could have cost Lives.

Harrell recommended firing Arredondo, who is on unpaid leave.

The school board postponed Arredondo’s dismissal hearing twice due to his attorney’s demands regarding his due process rights.


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