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New school year begins in Uvalde three months after shooting

Students and lecturers in Uvalde, Texas will head again to the classroom to start a brand new school year Tuesday — three months after the bloodbath at Robb Elementary School that left 19 youngsters and two lecturers lifeless.

No college students or workers will return to the positioning of the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade however tensions and nervousness are nonetheless excessive amid ongoing safety issues.

Towering new fencing across the Texas group’s public school campuses continues to be not completed and regardless of a heavy police presence for the primary day again, the group stays on edge.

Ashley Morales is sending her son, Jeremiah, again to class — however solely as a result of she has no different selection as a working single mom.

She will drop him off outdoors Uvalde Elementary, the place dad and mom received’t be allowed inside.

“I’m just nervous, scared,” stated Morales, whose son was a third-grader final year at Robb Elementary and lost three associates in the May 24 slaughter.

Families greet one another at Uvalde Elementary’s Meet the Teacher night time earlier than the beginning of the brand new school year.
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Families arrive at Uvalde Elementary School.
A mother or father walks with their youngsters towards Uvalde Elementary School.
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During a current “Meet the Teacher” night time, she felt a rush of tension strolling down the school corridor.

“Oh my gosh, it’s actually going to happen,” she stated. “School is going to start.”

Although school already began weeks in the past in many elements of Texas, officers pushed again the primary day of sophistication in Uvalde after a summer season of unfathomable heartache, anger and revelations of widespread failures by legislation enforcement, who allowed an 18-year-old gunman to fireplace contained in the adjoining lecture rooms for greater than 70 minutes.

A general view of the memorial at Robb Elementary.
The new school year begins three months after the bloodbath at Robb Elementary School.

Victims.
19 youngsters and two lecturers had been killed in the mass shooting.

Children run to safety after escaping from a window during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Children run to security after escaping from a window throughout the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Police in hall.
Officers hesitated for greater than an hour to confront the shooter.

But regardless of pushing again the beginning of the year, Uvalde school officers stated a number of enhanced safety measures stay incomplete, together with putting in further cameras and new locks.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has dedicated to placing practically three dozen state troopers on Uvalde campuses — however that’s of no consolation to some households since there have been greater than 90 state troopers on scene throughout the assault.

More than 100 households in Uvalde signed up for digital school, whereas others pulled their youngsters out of the district and enrolled them in personal faculties. One instructor who was shot in the abdomen and survived, Elsa Avila, is not going to be greeting college students for the primary time in 30 years as a result of she continues to be recovering.

Gaps in new fencing around Dalton Elementary School remain visible a week before the start of the new school year.
Gaps in new fencing round Dalton Elementary School stay seen every week earlier than the beginning of the brand new school year.
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Gaps in new fencing around Dalton Elementary School.
Uvalde school officers stated a number of enhanced safety measures stay incomplete.
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A damning report by a Texas House committee discovered that just about 400 officers in complete rushed to Robb Elementary after the shooting — however hesitated for greater than an hour to confront the shooter.

Body digicam and surveillance footage confirmed closely armed officers, some holding bulletproof shields, loitering in the hallway however not advancing to the classroom.

Steve McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, referred to as the response “an abject failure.”

Parents protest before a meeting of the Uvalde independent school district's board of trustees.
Parents protest earlier than a meeting of the Uvalde unbiased school district’s board of trustees.
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Families of students who were slain during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School line up to voice their concerns about school safety.
Families of scholars who had been killed throughout the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School line as much as voice their issues about school security throughout a meeting of the Uvalde unbiased school district’s board of trustees.
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Last month, the Uvalde school board fired district police Chief Pete Arredondo, who McCraw and the House report accused of failing to take management of the scene and losing time by in search of a key for a classroom door that was probably unlocked.

Still, the firing has not quieted calls for for others to face punishment. One different officer — Uvalde Lt. Mariano Pargas, the appearing police chief that day — has been positioned on administrative go away.

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