Uvalde asks public for private space as one-year mark of Robb Elementary shooting looms

Also, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District enacted a no-backpack policy for the remainder of the year.


Messages are written on a cross Thursday honoring Irma Garcia, a teacher who was killed in this week’s elementary school shooting, in Uvalde, Texas.

Uvalde’s mayor, police chief, and district attorney were among the officials in an open letter asking for space as the community continued to mourn the 19 students and 2 teachers who lost their lives in the shooting almost one year ago.

“It is essential to the healing process for our community, and most importantly for our children, to be given this time to grieve together privately,” the letter said.

They asked individuals looking to support the Uvalde community to host any events or memorials in their respective hometowns instead of traveling to the city.

Free emotional support services and counseling through the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center and other local agencies remained available to Uvalde residents ahead of the remembrance on May 24.

Meanwhile, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District implemented a no-backpack policy for the remainder of the school year.

Students in grades K-12 will be prohibited from bringing backpacks, sling and messenger bags, and large purses to school through May 22.

The district said this policy was issued amid a rise in non-credible social media threats, and it aimed to ensure prohibited items were not brought into its schools.

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