Three months after a shooting at an elementary school in the US state of Texas, the school district’s police chief has been fired for the officers’ painfully slow response. This is reported by several American media.
The school board of the small town of Uvalde, Texas, decided to remove Police Chief Pete Arredondo from his position in a closed session on Wednesday. The IGP had already been placed on paid leave after the shooting.
In late May, an 18-year-old gunman entered the school. He killed nineteen children and two teachers. About an hour and a half after the teenager opened fire, officers entered the school and killed him.
Apart from this carnage, the flagrant indifference of the Palliwayal police was astounding. After all, soon 19 police officers were in the front hall of the classroom where the gunman was hiding with children and teachers.
After more than 45 minutes, officers did not attempt to enter the room. Although the children called for help several times, they preferred to wait for reinforcements. Several relatives alleged that the police officers could have saved their lives. The school district police chief was under particular pressure because he arrived early and, according to his critics, was responsible for coordinating the operation.