UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The principal of the Texas school where the nation’s deadliest classroom shooting occurred in a decade was reinstated Thursday, three days after being suspended with pay following criticism security formulated by a legislative committee.
Mandy Gutierrez, whom Uvalde School District officials suspended with pay Monday as principal of Robb Elementary School, was reinstated Thursday in a brief letter from Superintendent Hal Harrell.
The reinstatement came after Gutierrez, in a letter to committee members, challenged key findings that a ‘culture of appeasement’ had developed at the school, allowing a gunman into the school and to kill 19 children and two teachers. She also said the lock on the door to the fourth grade classroom where the May 24 shooting occurred was working when a guard checked it the night before.
Harrell suspended Gutierrez with pay Monday pending a performance review regarding school safety. However, in her letter on Thursday, Harrell said she would be allowed to return to work immediately “and will continue to serve the district in an administrative capacity.”
The legislative report blamed the most local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, which took more than an hour to enter the classroom where the shooter was and kill him while parents at the Outside the school were pleading with officers to do something and dispatchers took 911 calls from inside the school. Surveillance footage of police in bulletproof vests walking down the hallway as the shooter carried out the massacre has angered the families of the victims, who have demanded accountability.
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