On Monday, Robb Elementary School principal Mandy Gutierrez was suspended with pay following an investigation of her handling of the shooting that took place on her campus.
Just days later, Gutierrez was reinstated after pushing back against the narrative that she had acted in ways that allowed the gunman to commit his evil deed.
As FOX News reports, Uvalde CISD superintendent Hal Harrell wrote to Gutierrez informing her that after reading her letter, she would be getting her job back, effective July 28.
In the letter to the members of the special legislative investigation, Gutierrez ran through a number of points that had been brought against her, offering a defense for each.
Among them were the door to classroom 111, the WiFi at the school, and her failure to utilize the PA system to alert students of the attack, all of which were deemed by the investigation to amount to a “culture of complacency.”
In regards to the classroom door, Gutierrez argued that the it does, in fact, lock. She cited an example of the teacher in charge of that room complaining about the door’s ability to lock and how it interrupted his day because he had to stop and let people in. Gutierrez also mentioned that the teacher had to unlock the door every morning, as it is regularly locked by custodial staff at night.
When it comes to the school’s WiFi and supposed inability to use the Raptor app to alert students, Gutierrez argued that while the connection had been spotty for years, UCISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo nonetheless received the Raptor notification. She pushed back against the Room 111 teacher’s claim that he never received the alert, arguing that just because he didn’t see it doesn’t mean it wasn’t delivered.
Gutierrez admitted that she had not used the PA system to alert students and staff of the situation, but said it was because she had been trained not to do so, as it would create “a panic situation.”
She also pushed back against the idea that she practiced a “culture of complacency,” pointing out that her training taught her to “treat every alert from any law enforcement agency as a situation with the high potential to escalate into a dangerous episode for students, teachers, and administrators.” Gutierrez went on to cite a performance review, where she had been given top marks in the area of creating a safe environment at the school.
“I will live with the horror of these events for the rest of my live,” Gutierrez concluded. “I want to keep my job not only so that I can provide for my family, but so that I can continue to be on the front lines helping children who survived, the families of all affected, and the entire Uvalde community that I love and want to continue to protect.”
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