By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s Board of Trustees (Information)
Uvalde, Texas: Members of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 have fired Police Chief Pete Arredondo over response to deadly shooting inside Robb Elementary School.
Live Broadcast: Uvalde CISD Benson Board Room via YouTube (Courtesy)
The decision was voted on during a meeting of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District which was broadcast live on YouTube.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has been facing pressure to fire the police chief handling to the response during the deadly shooting inside Robb Elementary School on May 24th, 2022 and after Texas Department of Public Safety revealed he was the incident commander during the situation.
Pete Arredondo has testified to the Texas House Committee that he believed the shooter was a barricaded subject instead of an active shooter.
While Pete Arredondo was listed in the district’s active shooter plan as the incident commander, the House Committee report showed law enforcement lacked clear leadership and communication.
The report criticizing Pete Arredondo for wasting time trying to find a key to the classroom the shooter was in, and also didn’t take his radio with him.
The meeting started with comments from members of the public, some of whom called for Pete Arredondo, who is on unpaid leave, to turn in his badge.
Pete Arredondo was reportedly not present at the Board of Trustees meeting, but through his attorney released a blistering and defiant 17-page letter that lashed out at state officials, defended the police response to the deadly school shooting, and accused the school board of putting his safety at risk by not allowing him to carry a weapon to tonight’s meeting.
As the board members convened into a closed session, some in the auditorium began yelling “Coward!” and “What about our children?”
Board members said Texas law requires for the hearing on the chief’s employment status to be held in closed session.
After closed session, board members later return to open session for “discussion and possible action,” and announced their decision.
Board member Laura Perez read the motion saying, “I move that good cause exist determinate the non-certified contract of Pete Arredondo affected immediately. I further moved that that good cause exist to ratify the unpaid leave status of Mr. Arredondo starting July 19th, 2022. Finally I moved to authorized the superintendent to issue written notice to Mr. Arredondo of this board’s action, including filing any needed reports required by the termination.”
The motion was seconded by board member Javier Flores, and with no further discussion, board members voted unanimously to approve the termination of Pete Arredondo.
More information is still coming in.