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Three days after the Uvalde superintendent positioned the principal of Robb Elementary College on paid administrative depart, Mandy Gutierrez is again in her management place, in line with her lawyer. The reinstatement comes in the future after Gutierrez rebuffed findings in a Texas Home committee’s investigative report about safety at her faculty.
In accordance with a letter from Superintendent Hal Harrell that Gutierrez’s legal professional launched Thursday, she resumed her duties as principal after her submission of further data to the investigative committee.
Gutierrez was positioned on depart Monday, greater than two months after a taking pictures at Robb left 19 college students and two academics useless. It was the worst faculty taking pictures in Texas historical past.
The letter to Gutierrez from Harrell steered that her depart was associated to the Home committee’s investigation.
“Thanks for responding to our request for data by submitting your response to the Home Investigative Report. Because of our assessment, you may be allowed to return to work,” Harrell wrote.
In an announcement responding to the reinstatement, Ricardo Cedillo, Gutierrez’s lawyer, stated, “she has been totally reinstated to her place, the place she’s going to proceed to discharge her duties and proceed to serve all of the households of the [Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District].”
The Home committee’s report pointed to a number of systemic failures in regulation enforcement’s response to the taking pictures. The committee additionally alleged that points at Robb Elementary, together with a tradition of complacency with safety measures, allowed the shooter to enter the college unobstructed.
In Gutierrez’s letter to the Home committee, she rejected assertions that she created an surroundings of complacency relating to faculty security. She stated that by not asserting a lockdown alert over the intercom system she had adopted her coaching, and that the door by means of which the shooter is believed to have entered the classroom had a functioning lock, two areas of investigation by the Home committee.
Harrell didn’t reply to a request for remark Thursday. Anne Marie Espinoza, a spokesperson for the district, stated the “Uvalde Consolidated Unbiased College District follows a observe of not addressing personnel issues.”
Uriel J. García contributed to this story.
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