Principal Of Robb Elementary School, Where Mass Shooting Happened, Is Reinstated After Security Criticism

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The principal of the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas — where the United States’ deadliest classroom shooting in a decade happened in May — has been reinstated, three days after she was suspended on full pay.

Earlier in the week, Uvalde school district officials suspended Mandy Gutierrez as Rob Elementary School principal, citing shortcomings in security.

On May 24 this year, a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at the school.

Ms Gutierrez, who was principal at the time, was reinstated on Thursday in a brief letter from the district’s Superintendent Hal Harrell.

The reinstatement came after Ms Gutierrez, in a letter to the committee members, disputed the key findings that a “culture of complacency” had developed at the school that allowed the gunman to enter.

Crime scene tap around Robb Elementary School, a lowset brick building, after a shooting
Crime scene tape surrounded Robb Elementary School after the shooting.(AP Photo: Jae C. Hong)

She also said the lock on the door to the fourth-grade classroom where the shootings happened worked when a custodian checked it the night before.

Mr Harrell suspended Ms Gutierrez, with pay, on Monday, pending a performance review pertaining to school security.

However, in his Thursday letter, Mr Harrell said she would be allowed to return to work immediately “and will continue to serve the district in an administrative capacity”.

Joe Biden and Jill Biden in black lay flowers at the memorial for those killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde Texas
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden paid their respects to the victims of the mass shooting.(AP Photo: Evan Vucci)

The legislative report placed most of the fault with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, which took more than an hour to enter the classroom where the gunman was and eventually shoot him dead as parents outside the school begged officers to do something and dispatchers took 911 calls from inside the school.

Surveillance footage of police officers in body armour milling in the hallway while the gunman carried out the massacre led to rage from victims’ families, who have demanded accountability.

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