President Joe Biden said he is considering demolishing the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 young children and two teachers were shot and killed in one of the worst mass shootings in history last week. of the United States.
State Senator Roland Gutierrez told KSAT that the president has promised to provide federal resources to potentially raze Robb Elementary School and build a new campus in the community left heartbroken by the senseless slaughter.
“He said, ‘I’m not leaving. I’ll bring you resources. We will try to raze that school to the ground, build a new one, ‘”said the Democrat, who represents Uvalde.
“I can’t tell you how many small children I’ve talked to who don’t want to go into that building. They are just traumatized. They are just destroyed. “
President and First Lady Jill Biden visited the site of the massacre on Sunday where they spent time at an impromptu memorial set up for the 21 victims and placed a bouquet of white flowers.
Mr. Biden wiped the tears from his eyes as he looked at the photographs of the murdered nine-, 10-, and 11-year-olds and two teachers.
Speaking with local lawmakers, Biden also said he was “trying to get real money for health care” for members of the grieving community.
“This is a community that will need therapy. There is a psychiatrist in Uvalde, very few mental health therapists. We will change it. It’s a must, “said Gutierrez.
The sites of the mass shooting are often demolished as survivors struggle to return to the site of the trauma while there are also concerns that such places will attract fanatics.
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was demolished after 20 students aged six to seven and six staff members were shot and killed by 20-year-old gunslinger Adam Lanza in 2012.
A new $ 50 million school was built on the same land.
The Columbine High School district in Colorado was also considering demolishing the building, saying the site had become “a macabre source of inspiration and motivation” for people with “a morbid fascination” for the 1999 mass shooting. which left 12 students and one teacher dead.
Hundreds of people had tried to enter the campus in the years following the attack, including 18-year-old Sol Pais who traveled to Colorado from her Florida home armed with rifle and ammunition in 2019, sending the school into solitary confinement.
However, the proposed demolition of the site was shelved in 2019 following mixed views from the local community.
During the president’s visit to Uvalde on Sunday, he was met with desperate pleas from the families of the victims who shouted “do something” as he left a midday mass at the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart.
Mr. Biden promised: “We will.”
In the past two weeks alone, Mr. Biden has traveled to comfort two communities torn apart by gun violence.
Just 10 days before the Uvalde massacre, a self-proclaimed racist white supremacist shot dead 10 blacks and injured several more at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott was greeted with hoots and jeers when he joined the Bidens at the scene of the massacre.
The Republican, who last year further eased gun laws in the state, was targeted in the aftermath of the shooting as pressure builds on lawmakers to introduce weapons reform legislation and end the wave of shootings. masses devastating communities across the nation.
Although Mr. Abbott canceled his speech in person at the NRA conference over the weekend, he still sent a pre-recorded message to the crowd in which he continued to argue that gun laws don’t stop “crazy” people from shooting.
Gunfighter Salvador Ramos legally purchased two AR-15 rifles and 1,657 ammunition in the days following his 18th birthday on May 16.
On May 24, he then shot his grandmother in the face before driving to Robb Elementary School in the family truck.
He abandoned the vehicle in a ditch near the school and entered the building through a door that had remained open.
Once inside, Ramos barricaded himself in a classroom where he shot and killed 19 students and two teachers.
He was eventually shot dead by border patrol officers after officials stormed the courtroom.
The Justice Department launched an investigation into the handling of the situation after local officials admitted that critical mistakes were made.
Officers at the scene remained behind, taking more than an hour to enter the barricaded classroom as gunfire continued and desperate children trapped inside called emergency health services for help.