Following renewed outcry from Uvalde parents, school officials abruptly fired a former Texas state soldier who was at the sceneand then got hired by the school district after the shooting ,
The firing came after CNN reported on Thursday that Crimson Elisondo, who resigned from the Texas Department of Public Safety following the May 24 attacks, was hired by the Uvalde school district after one of the deadliest classes in American history.
Elisondo was among more than 90 state soldiers—and about 400 law enforcement officers—who arrived at Rob Elementary during the massacre, but were one hour to confront a gunman with an AR-15-style rifle shooting inside a fourth class. waited longer. Class.
In police body camera footage, CNN reported, Elisondo is heard telling other officers at Rob Elementary’s scene: “If my son was there, I wouldn’t be out. I promise you.”
In a statement Thursday, the school district did not say whether Uvalde school officials knew Elisondo was at the site of the attack or was involved, but said the officer was “one of our recently hired employees.” Was very upset by the information that came out last evening about
“We sincerely apologize to the victims’ families and the Uvalde community for the pain caused by this revelation,” the statement said.
While not confirming the specific content, officials said that “Alisondo’s statement in the audio is not in line with the district’s expectations.”
A district spokesperson did not immediately return a message on Thursday.
Hours before the firing, the families had gathered outside the administrative office of the Uvalde Independent School District to protest the hiring.
A statement from the families of some of the victims said, “We are disappointed and outraged by the decision to appoint Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) Officer Crimson Elisondo. His appointment builds on the credibility and thoroughness of UCISD’s HR and vetting practices.” raises questions.” “And it confirms what we’re saying all along: UCISD is not and is not in the business of ensuring the safety of our children in school.”
In July,He cited “extremely poor decision-making” by law enforcement officers who waited more than an hour before confronting the 18-year-old gunman. The campus police chief, Pete Arredondo, ,
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, whose district includes Uvalde, said Elisondo’s recruitment “slapped this community in the face.”
“Within two minutes of the shooter a DPS jawan was on the spot and failed to follow the training, protocol and duty,” he said. “People’s children died because DPS officers failed to do their job.”
A DPS spokesperson did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Thursday.