On Friday, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District took a first step toward healing by holding its first board meeting since the massacre that killed 19 students and two teachers.
“There were no capes. There were no big big muscles. But there were heroes,” said Hal Harrell, superintendent.
The special meeting was streamed online. Almost all the chairs seemed to be occupied.
“My son is now scared to death of school,” a tearful mother said during the public comment portion of the meeting.
Harrell said work is underway to provide long-term support to the community and reiterated what he previously said about Robb Elementary: no one is returning to campus.
He also gave some insight into what might take his place.
“One day we will share this with our community, what this site will become. I don’t have that today, but one day in the very near future we will,” Harrell said.
First, he says they will need to figure out where the students will go to class this fall.
The mother who took the podium said her son and his friends were supposed to go to Robb Elementary next year.
She wants to make sure they stay together.
“What he knows now is that if he goes to another school, he’ll get shot by a bad guy,” she said.