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Challenges, updates on the Uvalde school shooting. What’s actually been done?

Since the tragedy in Uvalde, the new school year has us all looking for answers. Today, we get a current update from The Texas Tribune, talk with those who have the power to make change, and we hear from the father of one of Robb Elementary School’s shooting victims.

Alfred Garza III
Evan L'Roy/The Texas Tribune
Alfred Garza III, father to one of the Robb Elementary School shooting victims, speaks to the media at the Civic Center in Uvalde after a press conference.

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In this episode of Town Square, we focus on grief and healing, as we continue to learn what really happened during the Uvalde mass shooting at Robb Elementary School and what’s next.

Although, parents of the victims are trying to handle everything with dignity, they are are still angry and don’t understand how the police could have not had a plan to act sooner. According to the Texas Tribune, Uvalde parents are now choosing private or online education because of what happened.

If the police would have acted sooner, would there have been a much better outcome?

What is the current situation with Chief Pete Arredondo and Uvalde CISD?

We speak to Alfred Garza III, a parent who lost his 10-year-old daughter in the shooting and describes what it was like when police arrived on the scene.

Also, we talk to Texas government officials for a better view of where we are in understanding what happened in Uvalde, as they explain why there’s a need to focus on mental health and gun control at the same time, not separately.

Guests:

Dr. Jeff Temple

  • Vice Dean for Research at UTMB's School of Nursing
  • John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Community Health
  • Director of The Center for Violence Prevention, University of Texas Medical Branch

Brian Lopez

  • Public Education Reporter, The Texas Tribune

Alfred Garza III

  • Father to Amerie Jo Garza, Robb Elementary School shooting victim

Democratic Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez

  • Representing TX District 19

Democratic Representative Al Green

  • U.S. Congressman, representing Texas' 9th Congressional District

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