Uvalde Officer Fired Amid Uproar

In addition to being on campus during the May assault as a Texas state trooper, the school police officer recruited after the slaughter is also being investigated for her activities.

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Thursday's revelations that a school police officer hired following the Robb Elementary massacre was not only present on campus during the May attack as a Texas state trooper but was also being investigated for her actions while a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers sent shockwaves through Uvalde.

CNN broke the news of Officer Crimson Elizondo's hire for the first time on Wednesday evening. In response to the fast and growing outrage from the families of the fourth-grade victims and Texas politicians, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District dismissed Elizondo on Thursday, less than 24 hours after the incident.

However, the unexpected firing did nothing to calm Uvalde's irate residents. Families wanted explanations for why the tiny police force of the school district first recruited one of the almost 400 officers who raced to the site of the assault on May 24 yet took more than an hour to engage a shooter with an AR-15-style weapon.

Elizondo was one of at least seven troopers who were there and placed under internal investigation for their behaviour during one of the bloodiest classroom shootings in American history, according to data published by the Texas Department of Public Safety, adding to some parents' shock.

Brett Cross, whose 10-year-old son Uziyah Garcia was murdered in the incident, said on Twitter, "They knowingly recruited her."

According to Travis Considine, a DPS spokeswoman, Elizondo provided notice of her resignation as a Texas state trooper on August 17 and her last day of employment was August 29.

According to CNN, Elizondo is heard saying to other officers on police body camera video at the scene at Robb Elementary: "If my kid had been in there, I would not have been outside. I vouch for that.

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