UVALDE, Texas — Uvalde’s faculty district superintendent introduced Monday he plans to resign by the tip of the educational yr, following months of group outrage over the dealing with of the US’ deadliest faculty taking pictures in almost a decade.
“My coronary heart was damaged on Might twenty fourth,” Hal Harrell mentioned in an announcement.
The Uvalde faculty board voted unanimously Monday night to start the seek for Harrell’s successor.
Harrell, regulation enforcement, the college board, and different faculty officers have confronted heavy criticism over their actions — and inaction — through the bloodbath of 19 fourth-graders and two academics at Robb Elementary College. Officers allowed the shooter to stay inside a classroom for greater than 70 minutes.
Texas lawmakers issued a damning report this summer time that discovered “systemic failures and egregiously poor resolution making” by each police and faculty officers.
Harrell’s resignation assertion was posted on his spouse’s Fb web page as a result of he mentioned he doesn’t have an account.
“I’ve been blessed to work amongst wonderful educators and workers who consider in training for greater than 30 years, which have all been in our stunning group. These subsequent steps for our future are being taken after a lot reflection, and is totally my alternative,” he wrote.
The Fb publish, first reported by CNN, was initially made public on Monday however was now not accessible just a few hours later. The Uvalde faculty board didn’t reply to requests for a duplicate of Harrell’s assertion.
The superintendent’s announcement comes per week after faculty district officers suspended the whole faculty police pressure.
Only a day earlier, the district fired a not too long ago employed faculty police officer who had been a Texas state trooper on the scene at Robb Elementary when the taking pictures happened. The district employed the ex-trooper, Crimson Elizondo, despite the fact that faculty officers knew she was one in all seven troopers on the scene, all of whom are underneath inside investigation for his or her actions that day. She had give up the Texas Division of Public Security.
That these developments all come only a month into the new faculty yr underscores the sustained stress that households of a number of the slain kids and academics have stored on the district.
In July, the Uvalde faculty board referred to as a particular assembly to listen to from mother and father. At that assembly, Harrell apologized for beforehand being “too formal” and never letting victims’ households say their piece.