Students in Uvalde returned to school Tuesday for the first time since the Robb Elementary School shooting, local community remains hopeful that everything will go as planned
Uvalde, Texas – On Tuesday, Uvalde students went back to school for the first time since the shooting at Robb Elementary School on October 2nd, which left 21 people dead and 19 others injured.
As parents brought their children to Uvalde Elementary, one of the schools to which pupils who had previously attended the now-defunct Robb Elementary were sent, there was a range of feelings that were expressed.
“Of course, I’m a little frightened this morning,” said Lavonne DeLeon, a grandmother who was dropping off two children who were present at Robb Elementary School during the incident. “I’m a little anxious this morning.”
“I’m confident. I put my faith in God. Another parent reassured us that everything was fine.
The students were greeted with hugs, high fives, and a whole host of new adjustments. At many of the campuses located within the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, members of law enforcement were highly visible, and huge fences now surround some of the institutions.
Those who were there at the school day gave the impression that it was a successful event. Not so much for other students, though, who took advantage of the district’s provision of online learning for students who were not yet prepared to go back to the classroom.
According to Adam Martinez, his two children were unable to access their studies during the entire day. He argues that he will have to look at other possibilities if the situation does not improve.
“Either transfer to a different K-12 program that has its act together, or return to schools that aren’t prepared for you,” the counselor said. “The fence isn’t even up at Flores Elementary, where my daughter would go,” Martinez said. “I’m really concerned about her safety.”
Counselors and comfort dogs will be present at various locations throughout the district to help ease the transition into the next phase in the process of mending the suffering community. DeLeon predicted that the upcoming year will be successful for the organization.
All of the schools in Texas came together to show their support for Uvalde by donning the maroon and white colors of the school district.