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After graduating from Yuvarde High School class, I remember the children who were killed

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FILE - Investigators search for evidences outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022, after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers. The district's superintendent said Wednesday, June 22, that Chief Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde school district's police chief, has been put on leave following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting.
File-Investigators May 25, 2022, outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Search for evidence. After an 18-year-old shooter killed 19 students and 2 teachers. District directors said Wednesday, June 22, that Uvalde school district police chief Pete Arredondo was on leave after allegations of making mistakes in responding to the shootings. Photo by JaeC.Hong/Related Press

Yuvarde, Texas (AP) — Almost 300 height Five and a half weeks ago, a senior at school received a diploma on Friday in Yuvarde behind the slaughter of 19 elementary school students and two children.

Uvalde High School seniors in red gowns have 21 "Uvalde Strong" placards lined up in front of their ranks, as school and student leaders say. I was sitting in the heat of 100 degrees at the school stadium.

Yuvalde School Director Hal Harrell and Principal Randy Harris have three years of COVID-19 pandemic, three principal changes, and Rob in the town of South Texas on May 14. He praised the students for their strength and resilience through the shootings at the elementary school. school.

"Love the people of your life while you have them, because no one knows the future," said Abigail Kone, valedictorian of the class, in her speech. I did.

"Our community definitely learned about unexpected things. Things that shouldn't have happened. Our lives have changed. But we still stand together as a community. "She said.

After reading the names of the 19 murdered children and teachers, Kone said: You are not given the opportunity to chase your dreams or see your family grow.

"So tonight, I would like to include these Robb Elementary School children as honorary members of the 2022 family class," she said with a long applause.

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