The principal of the Texas elementary school where a gunman rioted in May has been reinstated in her position, ABC News reported Thursday, citing her attorney.
Andy Gutierrez was placed on paid administrative leave by Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District superintendent Hall Harell on Tuesday after a report of an investigation by a Texas Legislative Committee found she knew about safety issues at the school.
“Ms. Gutierrez’s paid administrative leave has been revoked and she has been fully reinstated in her position,” ABC said, citing a statement from her attorney.
Gutierrez has not publicly responded to the investigative report.
The report, which was the most comprehensive attempt yet to determine what went wrong on May 24, said “systemic failures” and poor leadership had contributed to the death toll.
At least 19 school children and two adults were killed by the 18-year-old gunman, who was shot dead by police.
According to the report, Gutierrez and other employees knew the lock on the door of Room 111 — where the shooting occurred — was malfunctioning, but did not place a work order to have it fixed. This broken lock allowed the shooter to easily enter the classroom, it said.
The mass shootings in Uvalde and in Buffalo, New York, killed over 30 people and sparked a bipartisan gun safety bill signed into law by US President Joe Biden on June 25.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/uvalde-shooting-principal-of-texas-school-where-gunman-went-on-rampage-reinstated-after-suspension-41876054.html Uvalde shooting: Principal at Texas school where shooter rampaged reinstated after suspension