Federal Grant May Help Pay for Razing of School Where Uvalde Shooting Took Place

Robb Elementary SchoolAccording to Don McLaughlin, Uvalde Mayor, the site of the May 24th shooting in which 19 children and two teachers were killed may be demolished with federal grant money.

“I don’t think anybody’s plans are but to tear that building down,” McLaughlin said in a quote to NBC. “I would never ask, expect, a child to ever have to walk in those doors ever, ever again. That building needs to be gone.”

State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, San Antonio, oversees the Uvalde District. President Biden visited the school in order to pay his respects during a memorial service. The matter was brought up with him in an effort for federal assistance.

“The president said we’re going to work on a grant,” Gutierrez said in an interview with MSNBC. “Here’s a sad state of affairs, we actually have a federal grant for schools that undergo this type of devastation, and it’s upwards to $45 million to raze these schools. What does that say about this problem in America?”

On Wednesday, the Robb Elementary school district’s superintendent issued a statementThe school will not be accepting students or staff members who have been left behind.

“We are working through plans on how to serve students on other campuses and will provide that information as soon as it is finalized,” Superintendent Hal Harrell’s statement details. “We are also working with agencies to help us identify improvements on all UCISD campuses.”

“We’re going to look to raze that school and build a new one,” President Biden is said to have told State Sen. Gutierrez during his visit to the school.

Robb Elementary will be demolished following the example set by Sandy Hook Elementary in 2013, which was destroyed as a result to the mass shootings that took place in 2012.