Director Uvalde reappointed at Robb Elementary School after suspension

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Mandy Gutierrez, the principal of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, was reinstated on Thursday, her attorney, Ricardo Cedillo, confirmed to TBEN News.

“Mrs. Gutierrez’s administrative leave with pay has been revoked and she has been fully reinstated in her position where she will continue to perform her duties and serve all families of the UCISD,” a statement said.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District superintendent Hal Harrell thanked Gutierrez in a letter obtained by TBEN News for submitting comments on the House Investigative report on the May 24 mass shooting that killed 19 children and two adults.

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“As a result of our assessment, you are allowed to return to work,” Harrell said in the letter.

The recovery comes a day after Gutierrez responded to criticisms leveled against her and her leadership team by the Texas House Special Investigation Committee.

Investigators search for evidence outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at the school on May 24 the day before. More than an hour passed from when officers entered the 18-year-old gunman’s school and when they finally entered the fourth-grade classroom where he had holed up and killed him. Meanwhile, students trapped inside repeatedly called 911 and parents outside the school begged officers to go inside.

(TBEN Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

Gutierrez was suspended by Harrell earlier in the week. No reason was given as to why Gutierrez was placed on administrative leave, but the decision came two weeks after a Texas Legislative Commission report on the shooting. The report found that, in her freshman year at Robb Elementary School, Gutierrez was aware of security issues, such as a door that didn’t lock properly for one of the classrooms the gunman entered, but failed to repair.

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Uvalde:365 is an ongoing TBEN News series reported from Uvalde that focuses on the Texas community and how it moves forward in the shadow of tragedy.

Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arredondo was placed on unpaid administrative leave in June as the district is considering the recommendation to fire him.

Katie Conway and Josh Margolin contributed to this report.

This is a story in development. Come back for updates.