Uvalde school director reinstated after being suspended days before


President Joe Biden hugs Mandy Gutierrez, principal of Robb Elementary School,

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The Principal at Robb Elementary School was reinstated in her post on Thursday, just days after she was placed on furlough. in response to the mass shooting in which 19 young students and two teachers were killed.

School leader Mandy Gutierrez was allowed to return to work Thursdayaccording to a brief letter from Uvalde School Superintendent Hal Harrell.

The RQuick change comes after Gutierrez disputed the findings of a Texas legislative committee report who criticized school safety.

“Thank you for responding to our request for information by submitting your response to the House Investigation Report. As a result of our review, you will be allowed to return to work on this date (July 28, 2022),” Harrell wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News Digital.

His attorney also told Fox News that he had returned to work.

“She has been fully reinstated to her position, where she will continue to perform her duties and continue to serve all UCISD families,” said attorney Ricardo Cedillo.

The shooting at Robb Elementary School represented one of the deadliest on record in the US in nearly a decade.

Members of the Texas legislative committee found in their report earlier this month that there was a “culture of complacency” in elementary school that allowed gunman Salvador Ramos to open fire inside.

But Gutierrez refuted that in a letter to the committee on Wednesday.

“It is unfair and inaccurate to conclude that I ever (became) complacent about any security issues at Robb Elementary”he wrote in the letter that was published by Fox News.

She also refuted findings that criticized her for failing to fix a lock in a classroom that she claimed she and an assistant knew was broken before Ramos entered on May 24.

Gutierrez claimed the lock worked because a janitor checked all the doors every night, including the night before the shooting.

She also stated that she did not recall the teacher in that classroom ever complaining that the door would not lock.

“The teacher in charge of that classroom complained on more than one occasion that because the door was locked, his workday was interrupted, because the printer for several classrooms was located in that room” Gutierrez wrote.

That teacher, Arnulfo Reyes, told CNN he didn’t complain about the door being locked, but rather that it got stuck multiple times over three years.

Reyes said the gate was locked during the day and was usually locked when he got to school each morning, but he doesn’t remember if the gate was locked on the day of the shooting, according to CNN.

Gutierrez was in her first year as principal after serving as a fourth-grade teacher and assistant principal for more than two decades, KEN 5 reported.

“I will live with the horror of these events for the rest of my life,” Gutierrez wrote to the committee, according to the letter provided to Fox News.

“I want to keep my job not only so I can provide for my family, but so I can continue to be on the front lines helping the children who survived, the families of all those affected, and the entire Uvalde community that I love and want to continue protecting.”

Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo remains on leave after receiving intense criticism for his actions on the day of the shooting, where police did not respond quickly to apprehend the shooter.

The Texas report largely condemned law enforcement for the officers’ actions that day.

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