Kimberly Mata-Rubio, who lost her 10-year-old daughter in the Uvalde School shooting on May 24, is receiving a lot of support on social media over a dress code complaint she received from the Uvalde school district regarding her 11-year-old surviving daughter – who still attends Robb Elementary School.
The grieving mother shared a photo of the voicemail transcript from one of the school staffers. Her daughter was wearing jeans with holes in them, but the school staff insisted the cuts were “a little too high up” and even asked the mother to bring her daughter another pair of pants or leggings to change into.
“One thing we’re not going to do is dress code my 11-year-old for some ripped jeans. UCISD, focus on school security. Maybe, if you had, my daughter, her little sister would still be alive,” said Mata-Rubio on Twitter. The post was met with a resounding amount of support from parents who can likely relate.
Just five months ago, Kimberly Mata-Rubio’s 10-year-old daughter, Lexi Rubio, was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire inside Robb Elementary School. She was one of 19 students who were killed that fateful day, as well as two teachers, and 17 others were injured. Mata-Rubio was left without a daughter.
Following her death, Mata-Rubio described her daughter as ‘really smart, very driven,’ adding ‘she knew what she wanted, and when she wanted something, she went out and got it.’ She loved to play basketball and softball and even had dreams of becoming a lawyer someday. Her name will never be forgotten.
“We don’t want to do this without you. None of it. Not Halloween, not Christmas, not birthdays, not Mondays, not Fridays, not life. I realize this world isn’t fair but why does it have to be so cruel?” said Kimberly on Twitter, sharing an adorable photo of two of her children trick-or-treating for Halloween.
Kimberly’s husband is a Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputy and was on the scene as the gunman started shooting. A video shows him being held back by other officers as a tactical team breached the classroom the gunman was in – his daughter’s classroom. By then, everyone inside was already dead.
Police Officers Blamed for Botched Handling of Uvalde School Shooting
In the months following the tragic Uvalde school shooting that left 21 families without loved ones, multiple reports and investigations have detailed the many failures and poor decisions made by police officers – who infamously waited more than 77 minutes before engaging with the shooter. By then, it was too late.
When the tactical team breached the classroom, there were nearly 400 officers on the scene – to take down one suspect. As a result, parents and community members have been calling for major changes, some of which have already happened – including suspending the school’s entire police department.
In addition to that, the on-site commander – Pete Arradando – has been fired, along with several other Texas Department of Public Safety officials in the wake of the investigation. The school is currently in the process of rebuilding its department and still have yet to hire a new police chief to replace Arradando.
“My baby, our babies, deserved so much better. I hope their smiling faces haunt those who failed them — just as the image of my daughter, in her bright yellow casket, haunts me,” said Kimberly Mata-Rubio in another tweet posted on October 12. The community hopes to continue to see justice serve its course.
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