Teacher Paloma de la Paz said it was her 8-year-old son Gael who warned her of the tragedy in Uvalde, a small town in southern Texas, in which an 18-year-old student shot and killed 19 students and two teachers. from Robb Elementary School.
“My son was scared, shaking, with tears in his eyes when I came out of the bathroom, and found him watching the news on TV. He ran to hug me.”
And he comments that of course he is very afraid to take his son to school. “I know that he has to attend in person, but at the same time, we see that there are more shootings in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, in all kinds of campuses.”
He says that the only thing left to him now is to send his son with all his blessings, but it does not take away the fear that one day something could happen at his school, and that his son would be the victim of an armed man who commits a tragedy. .
“My son went to school today very scared. I don’t know what to think anymore. I told her everything was going to be alright”.
When this misfortune was made known, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Alberto M. Carvalho, posted on Twitter, “this devastating and repetitive tragedy that continues to deprive us, as a nation, of our future, through the murderous bullets of madness, is the result of a ruthless and cowardly failure of political leadership and courage. Silence and inaction are equivalent to complicity.”
But this Wednesday, May 24, in response to the shooting, the superintendent expanded security protocols for schools. He also announced investments in technology to improve security on school campuses.
“From Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and now in Uvalde, Texas, we have seen guns easily accessible to anyone, including students, and without any filters.
“Which means that any place in the United States can become a dangerous place, whether it is a movie theater, a grocery store, a temple, a church or a school,” said Superintendent Carvalho.
“Thanks to the Board of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District has implemented numerous safety measures in our school communities. However, as part of the ongoing review of our practices and procedures, we must continue to evaluate and update safety protocols to keep our students, employees, and families as safe as possible.”
Updated security protocols will include access screening to reduce entry points.
The District is also exploring the use of GPS-enabled mobile applications to allow emergency services effective access to critical incidents.
“The access assessment will also include exploring safe corner designations in schools so students, employees, families and first responders know where the most protected area is in the event of an incident.”
The District will also expand collaboration with local first responders to share critical information, starting with school maps for quick guidance of emergency services to specific identified crisis areas in a school.
In the event of a critical incident, Los Angeles Unified Police Chief Leslie Ramirez will work with other City entities to ensure a rapid exchange of information that will shorten response time.
Finally, the District is evaluating and refining systems to provide better mental health supports, with a focus on prevention and early identification, including consideration of reduced student counselor ratios and sensitivity training for employees.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has made the Mental Health Helpline available to parents, 213-241-3840.
Councilman Kevin de León said it is absolutely horrifying that 14 children and a teacher who started their day at school, did not return home to their families because of senseless gun violence.
“Every adult in America should be outraged that gun violence continues to tear apart the lives of families across the country. How many children need to die until Congress finally decides to take the initiative?
He made it clear that weapons are the oxygen that feeds the violence that plagues the United States.
“The heinous crime that is really taking place is that we are not taking decisive action to protect our children and allowing them to be slaughtered at the hands of a greedy industry.”
He said we can prevent these mass shootings by passing sensitive gun laws that would save children’s lives. “Inaction is killing our children.”
He stressed that we need national gun safety laws, and we need Congress to finally step up and do the right thing and protect our children instead of the NRA (National Rifle Association).
Senator Diane Feinstein has called on the Senate to take action on gun reform as the country mourns the 19 students and 2 teachers killed in Uvalde, Texas.
“We are 145 days into 2022, and the United States has seen 212 mass shootings in that time. In the last 10 days alone, we have seen 2 mass shootings that took the lives of 31 people.
“We have to take immediate action. That’s why I asked the Senate to immediately consider my 21 Year Old Act, a bill to raise the minimum age to purchase assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines from 18 to 21 years old.