The elementary school in Texas where a gunman killed 19 children and two adults will be demolished, according to the local mayor.
Don McLaughlin told a council meeting in Uvalde on Tuesday that it was his “understanding” that Robb elementary school would be razed and a new school built for its nearly 600 pupils after the tragedy in May.
“My understanding – and I had this discussion with the [school district] superintendent – is that school will be demolished. You can never ask a child to go back, or teacher to go back, in that school ever,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin did not say when the demolition might go ahead.
The school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where 26 people were killed in a mass shooting in 2012 was demolished and a new school built on the site.
The mayor’s comments came amid mounting public anger about the police response to the shooting on 25 May and how heavily armed officers waited for 70 minutes after arriving at the school before they stormed the classroom where the shooter was holding out.