In wake of parents’ outrage, Uvalde CISD fires police officer within 24 hours of hiring her

Crimson Elizondo is one of the officers under investigation for their response to one of the deadliest school shootings in history.

She was hired and then fired after parents took to social media bashing Uvalde schools for knowingly hiring a former Texas trooper who was one of the first officers on the scene of the Robb Elementary School shooting that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers.

Officer Crimson Elizondo’s hiring was first reported by CNN Wednesday evening. Within 24 hours, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District terminated her after a disturbing video surfaced.

While standing outside the school with other officers, Elizondo was asked if she had children in the school, to which she responded: “If my son had been in there, I would not have been outside. I promise you that.”

Elizondo is one of at least seven Department of Public Safety officers being investigated for their handling of the situation, the AP reported. Furthermore, CNN correspondent Shimon Prokupecz tweeted that the school was informed in July that she was under investigation.

“They knowingly hired her,” tweeted Brett Cross, a father who lost his 10-year-old son Uziyah Garcia in the shooting.

Parents are in disbelief over the district’s decision to hire one of the officers who failed to protect their children.

“Seriously, F*** YOU! So our babies weren’t worth it. Our Kids meant nothing because they weren’t yours! F*** you!!!!!!” tweeted Cross after seeing the video footage.

Uvalde CISD issued a statement apologizing to parents yesterday after Elizondo was fired.

“We are deeply distressed by the information that was disclosed yesterday evening concerning one of our recently hired employees, Crimson Elizondo,” it reads. “We sincerely apologize to the victim’s families and the greater Uvalde community for the pain this revelation has caused.”

Elizondo’s comment in the body cam footage, the letter continues, is inconsistent with the district’s expectations.

Since Sept. 27, parents have been camping outside Uvalde’s school district offices in protest. They’re asking for accountability and an investigation into UCISD resource officers.

Micah Ward
Micah Ward
Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

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