Uvalde School Board Fires Its Police Chief

Uvalde School Board Fires Its Police Chief

Uvalde School Board Fires Its Police Chief

Three months to the day when a shooter took the lives of 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, TX, its school board gave its police chief the boot. The board voted unanimously to fire Pete Arredondo for the atrocious manner in which he handled — or rather, didn’t handle — the killer at Robb Elementary.

To which we at Victory Girls say, Good riddance! 


A Raucous School Board Meeting in Uvalde

The atmosphere in the high school auditorium, the site of the meeting, was volatile as parents of the dead children expressed their rage at Arredondo. Afterwards, the board met in a closed session off the stage.

As a Washington Post reporter on the scene tweeted:

“Uvalde families have commandeered this school board meeting and turned this into a listening session. Meanwhile board members meet in closed session about Arredondo’s firing. Quite the scene as relatives tell stories, say their piece, there’s an empty stage behind them.”

However, the closed session didn’t go over well with many attendees. For instance, an uncle of one of the victims jumped onstage and caught the surprised school board off guard before they adjourned to deliberate. He handed them a letter, demanding that they preside in public. “Our babies are dead!” he told them. The board responded that under the law, such proceedings had to be in private.

During the meeting, several parents wore orange t-shirts which bore images of the victims. Other held signs which read “Protect and Serve. Who. Yourself.”


During the clamorous meeting, a Uvalde girl who lost friends in the massacre also took to the mic and demanded that Arredondo step down. And while I look askance at using kids as props for adults, I think this child spoke from her heart.

Then, after 90 minutes, the board returned to take its final vote in public. Cheers erupted as one of the board members made a motion:

“I move that good cause exists to terminate the noncertified contract of Pete Arredondo, effective immediately.”

Uvalde/ Arredondo

Screenshot: Twitter/@wfaa.

But many of the parents weren’t satisfied. One woman called the sacking of Arredondo “the first victory,” and said “They need to fire the rest of them next.”


Arredondo Plays the Victim

Chief Pete Arredondo lacked the balls to save 19 children and two teachers from a diabolical killer three months ago. He also lacked the balls to show up at the school board meeting, claiming “fear of gun violence,” according to his attorney.

George Hyde, the lawyer, issued this press release, which read in part:

“Moreover, it has been publicly reported that Chief Arredondo has been the victim of death threats made by individuals with the means to carry them out. The last thing anyone wants is for these proceedings to be compounded by violence, especially gun violence. Despite death threats being common knowledge, the School District has not disclosed any effort on its part to ensure the safety of Chief Arredondo … Without such steps, Chief Arredondo does not believe the planned district meeting is safe and is certainly not going to appear without exercising his state rights to be armed, unless the School District discloses in writing its safety protocol to ensure Chief Arredondo’s life …”

Oh, irony of ironies.

However, Arredondo has quite the cajones when he’s hiding behind George Hyde and the 17-page statement he issued defending his client. Hyde called Arredondo’s actions “reasonable,” and the chief himself “courageous.” And if Uvalde parents can’t see his fine leadership qualities, then they have the problem, and they’re engaging in an “illegal and unconstitutional public lynching.” Hyde also demanded that the Uvalde school board reinstate him.

“Chief Arredondo is a leader and a courageous officer who with all of the other law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, should be celebrated for the lives saved, instead of vilified for those they couldn’t reach in time.”

But Pete Arredondo couldn’t show up to ask the parents of dead children to keep him on as school police chief. Just like he couldn’t show up to defend those children and their teachers. For Arredondo to insist that the parents should welcome him back with open arms shows unbelievable hubris, and an inability to understand the anguish he caused an entire community.


School is Starting in Uvalde

Meanwhile, Uvalde is preparing to start the new school year in a brand new elementary building. But the children of the town remain afraid. And while the new school is surrounded by 8-foot fencing, and features security cameras and additional officers, some children will not be attending. Instead, they’re opting for online classes. Other children will be attending private schools, like one operated by Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Sacred Heart, in fact, has doubled its enrollment over last year.

As one mother said, “They are not ready for the new school year. Nobody feels safe going back to school.”

However, Andrea Herrera, a 10-year-old survivor of the shooting who lost her brother in the massacre, has wanted to go back. So she asked her grandmother, “What do you think, ‘Buela?”

The grandmother told Andrea to trust her instincts. Whereupon the girl told her mother:

“I want to go back to school.”

Her mother agreed, and Andrea will be returning to school.

But Chief Pete Arredondo won’t be back. And while it will take a very long time for Uvalde to heal — and for some, they may never truly recover — the departure of the spineless Arredondo may be an important first step for closure.


Featured image: Robb Elementary, 2015. Don Holloway/flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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  • Politically Ambidextrous says:

    Seems weird that a school board can fire the police chief. In many places, they cannot fire incompetent teachers. (No quibble with the outcome.)

    • GWB says:

      Yes, that has always baffled me with this, too. I wonder if there’s some byzantine political arrangement there.

  • American Human says:

    The police chief’s lawyer saying he saved lives is akin to him thinking that because I wasn’t shot, I’m a saved life. I live in MD.

  • GWB says:

    exercising his state rights to be armed
    While (I guarantee) he fought against having firearms in schools, except in the hands of a cop. F* him.

    a leader and a courageous officer
    Hoo boy. If the guy writing that weren’t a lawyer, I’d expect lightning to strike.

    those they couldn’t reach in time
    Wow. The ones you couldn’t reach in the time it took to stand around outside for an hour? Now THAT is hubris!

    the anguish he caused an entire community
    Let’s be honest. He didn’t cause the anguish, the gunman did. He multiplied it. He extended it. But he is not the cause of it.

    while the new school is surrounded by 8-foot fencing, and features security cameras, and additional officers
    Remember that fortress mentality I’ve criticized? You can see it happening here. This school is now a reverse prison. Because of a one-time highly improbable event. Instead of empowering the people (allow teachers to carry) the children will be going to school in a fortified compound. They will have their fear reinforced and encouraged, instead of being moved to self-reliance and strength to overcome.

    like one operated by Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    If the teachers there aren’t allowed to be armed (with more that yardsticks) it doesn’t help the actual safety. But some people will insist that merely going elsewhere will now keep them safe.

    As to closure….
    There won’t be proper closure – healing closure – until these children are taught to be self-reliant and to meet the realities of our world head-on, with wisdom, compassion, and a bit of steel handy for those bad moments. I pray they can learn this in our times – so many others cannot seem to.

  • Taylor says:

    He belongs in prison and he got off easy.

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