Decision Made by the Uvalde School Board on the Police Chief who Delayed Confrontation with Shooter

[Page Updated 06/26/2022] The Independent School District board of Uvalde has made a decision on Pete Arredondo, the police chief who called the shots at the Robb Elementary School incident has been placed on leave.  Below, personal injury attorney Michael Ehline provides updates on the Uvalde, Texas middle school massacre.

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What happened here?

The Decision by the Board of Robb Elementary School

The board came to a decision after a special board meeting was called a week after the incident took place.

The meeting was called to make a decision on the school police chief who delayed the operation by not taking swift action against the shooter. 

After the meeting, the board of Robb Elementary School announced their ridiculous decision on the incident commander police chief on a Friday evening.

The board members announced that their decision is not to take any action against the incident commander police chief or Uvalde School District Police.  

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‘”…the original consensus was not to take any action against police chief Pete Arredondo and set him free instead. But parents got lucky partial justice, when on June 23, 2022, the ‘abject failure’ police chief was placed on leave.”‘

What Brought School Police Chief Pete Arredondo Under Investigation? 

Pete Arredondo was the incident commander at the Robb Elementary School. Being in a department of public safety, it was the decision of Arredondo to wait for the arrival of backup police officers which took more than one hour of police response.  

The police chief was criticized that instead of waiting for the police response and other officers, the commander must have taken immediate action. The commander must have ordered the police officers to confront the shooter right away.  

Due to the delayed police response of more than an hour, the shooter got the time to proceed with his massacre. As a result, the shooter was able to kill 21 individuals. Among the victims were 19 kids and 2 teachers who ended up losing their life due to the shootout.  

Even the head of the state police talked against the incident commander police chief.

The head of Uvalde police officers stated that what the police chief did at the time of the incident was a bad decision.

He stated in the capacity of one of the local law enforcement officials that there is no other way to put it, the police chief made the wrong decision at the most critical time.  

Anger of the Residents 

Following the incident, the residents of the area heavily criticized the police chief and the department of public safety.

They demanded for Arredondo be sacked by the department of public safety. They also demanded that Arredondo must quit his post as the chief of police state officials.  

The residents blamed the chief for not making a timely decision about the mass shooting and elementary school. They objected that if Arredondo would have made the decision on time, many lives could have been saved in Uvalde school district.  

The meeting was held by the board for the very purpose of taking action against Arredondo. They got together to make a decision over police chief Pete Arredondo to terminate him.

However, the original consensus was not to take any action against police chief Pete Arredondo and set him free instead. But parents got lucky partial justice, when on June 23, 2022, the “abject failure” police chief was placed on leave.

Hal Harrell’s Comments on the Matter 

Hal Harrell, the superintendent stated that there are many investigations surrounding the incident that are simultaneous.

Even the investigations of the federal Department of Justice and the district attorney of Uvalde County are also in order. Over time, these investigations on Robb Elementary School shooting will be carried out for final results.  

There were 25 residents who were attending the mass shooting meeting being presided by the superintendent. Hal Harrell stated that despite several investigations being carried out on mass shooting, they do not have any updates to share.  

However, they will hold another meeting to share the updates on the investigations being undertaken by state officials. They will make sure to get to the bottom of the case and uncover everything.

The superintendent did confirm that the students will not be returning to the school after the incident. 

It is being reported that the Robb Elementary School will no longer be an educational faculty. The government is going to decide how the premises will be used going forward. 

Situation of Families  

After the Robb Elementary School incident, the families of the children who studied at the Robb Elementary School are no longer willing to send their children to the same building.

They say that their children are very scared of going back to the same place again.  

One mother revealed she had plans of putting her son at the same school. After the incident, her 7-year-old son is deathly afraid and doesn’t want to go to that place.  

In our previous articles, we discussed Uvalde Police never had a duty to protect the kids to begin with, and how the defund the police movement has made municipal police slow to act for fear of bad press and lawsuits. Either way, the Chief should be fired. He blew it. That’s the consensus in the personal injury community. Did we miss anything? Let us know!


Michael Ehline

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Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.


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