Uvalde school district says it will hire MORE police officers to patrol campuses


Uvalde school district says it will hire MORE police officers to patrol campuses in the wake of the mass shooting where 19 elementary school children and two teachers were massacred

  • Uvalde School Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell announced on Thursday that the district is reviewing its security procedures following the shooting on May 24
  • He said district officials are developing ‘a list of actions we can take to strengthen security on all of our campuses’
  • One way to do that, he said, would be to hire more police officers to be assigned to each campus for the upcoming school year
  • The announcement comes weeks after an 18-year-old gunman was able to enter Robb Elementary School and kill 19 students and two teachers 

Uvalde School District officials announced on Thursday they plan to hire more police officers to patrol school campuses next year after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers in a mass shooting last month.

In the news conference, Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell announced that the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District is reviewing its security procedures following the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, and are developing a list ‘of actions we can take to strengthen security on all of our campuses.’

One way in which they would do that, he said, would be to ‘hire additional’ police officers who would be assigned to each school for the upcoming school year. 

Harrell also noted that the district is now working with an ‘outside agency’ to help with safety and security, but refused to discuss personnel matters as reporters berated him with questions about his confidence in the school district’s police.

He then walked away as reporters and community members continued to question whether students should feel safe in Uvalde, Texas schools next year.

Thursday’s news conference marked the first of the superintendent’s weekly updates into the district’s security measures after Salvador Ramos, 18, was able to enter Robb Elementary School through an unlocked door and kill 19 students and two teachers as cops held back for more than an hour.

An investigation into the police response to the shooting is ongoing, and Harrell refused to discuss the investigation involving Police Chief Pete Arredondo – who instructed officers to stay back after changing the status of the incident from an ‘active shooter’ incident to a ‘barricaded suspect’ incident.

Uvalde School District Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell announced on Thursday that the district is planning to hire more police officers to patrol each of the schools in the upcoming school year but refused to discuss whether students should feel safe given the police department's response to the Robb Elementary School shooting

Uvalde School District Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell announced on Thursday that the district is planning to hire more police officers to patrol each of the schools in the upcoming school year but refused to discuss whether students should feel safe given the police department’s response to the Robb Elementary School shooting

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