Uvalde principal reinstated at Robb Elementary School after suspension

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

“Ms. Gutierrez’s paid administrative leave has been lifted and she has been fully reinstated to her position, where she will continue to carry out her duties and serve all UCISD families,” a statement read.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell thanked Gutierrez in a letter obtained by ABC News for submitting responses to the House investigative report into the May 24 mass shooting that killed 19 people. among children and two adults.

“Following our review, you will be cleared to return to work,” Harrell said in the letter.

The reinstatement comes a day after Gutierrez responded to criticism leveled at her and her management team by the Texas House Special Investigative Committee.

Investigators search for evidence outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A gunman fatally shot 19 children and two teachers at the school the day before May 24. More than an hour had passed from the time officers tracked the 18-year-old gunman through the school and when they finally entered the fourth grade classroom where he was locked in and l ‘killed. Meanwhile, students trapped inside repeatedly called 911 and parents outside the school pleaded with officers to enter.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Gutierrez was suspended earlier in the week by Harrell. No reason was given as to why Gutierrez was placed on administrative leave, but the decision came two weeks after a Texas legislative committee report into the shooting. The report revealed that Gutierrez, in his freshman year at Robb Elementary School, was aware of security issues such as a door not closing properly for one of the classrooms the shooter entered, but didn’t fix them.

Uvalde: 365 is an ABC News continuing series reported from Uvalde and focused on the Texas community and how it continues in the shadow of tragedy.

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

Katie Conway and Josh Margolin contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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