Uvalde Cop Who Resigned After Shooting Rehired To Protect Schools, Then Fired Again

Uvalde Police Officer Crimson Elizondo resigned earlier this year as the department investigated her response on the day of the Robb Elementary School shooting, only to be rehired by the school district, and then fired again amid parents’ outrage.

Elizondo, 45, was one of the first police officers to arrive on the scene on May 24 as the massacre took place. At the time, she was working for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In the wake of the tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of 19 children and two teachers, Elizondo was among several officers investigated for what many claim was a delayed response.

Former Uvalde school district police Chief Pete Arredondo took the brunt of the blame. On June 22, he was suspended, before finally being let go on Aug. 24.

Bodycam footage worn by another police officer on that day shows Elizondo waiting outside the school building, and apparently making no attempt to enter the building and stop the attack.

Bodycam footage also caught Elizondo remarking that she would have acted differently if it had been her child inside the school.

“Yeah my son’s in daycare, he’s not old enough,” the bodycam recorded her saying. “Yeah no, if my son had been in there, I would not have been outside, I promise you that.”

Parents in the community were outraged, and Elizondo resigned before the department concluded its investigation into her actions.

She was then rehired by the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD). But when Elizondo showed up to work at the school, parents recognized her right away, and demanded that she be terminated.

“We are disgusted and angry at Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s decision to hire Officer Crimson Elizondo,” the families wrote in a statement. “Her hiring puts into question the credibility and thoroughness of UCISD’s HR and vetting practices.”

On Thursday, the school district fired Elizondo and issued a letter to the community, apologizing for the pain it had caused.

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