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A closer look at Uvalde school shooting ‘systemic failures’, and what’s being done to help families heal

With the recent release of the Texas House committee investigation of the Robb Elementary School shooting and with Uvalde County commissioners’ approval of a $5 million contract to assist victims, experts discuss what we can learn in order to protect our kids in the future.


Students escape through a window during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (Photo credit: Pete Luna/Uvalde Leader-News)


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A new report by the Texas House of Representatives investigative committee on the Robb Elementary school mass shooting found that “systemic failures” and “poor decision making” failed to stop an 18-year-old shooter from killing 19 students and two teachers on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas.

Some say it’s disturbing to hear people attempting to make legitimate excuses for the Uvalde Police Department.

Others feel that too much blame is being place on police officers, and not enough blame being placed on the leadership in Texas.

What about mental health support services to assist those deeply affected by this tragedy?

Last week, Uvalde County Commissioners approved allowing the Ecumenical Center to run a resilience center to help with counseling services for the family and victims of the mass shooting.

In this episode, we hear from Texas law enforcement and mental health experts, as we take listener calls to uncover what happens when we put our faith in the police and other first responders to protect our children, but the systems we believe in fail.


Mary Beth Fisk

  • CEO / Executive Director of the Ecumenical Center for Education, Counseling & Health

Chief Jimmy Perdue

  • Chief Of Police, North Richland Hills Police Department
  • President, Texas Police Chiefs Association

Dr. Jeff Temple

  • Psychologist, Director of the Center for Violence Prevention at UTMB

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