Latest Uvalde: Robb Elementary School Principal Taking Vacation

Last year was the first Mandy Gutierrez to lead Rob.

UVALDE, Texas – Another employee of the Uvalde school district has been placed on furlough as the summer fallout from the May mass shooting at Robb Elementary School continues.

School Principal Mandy Gutierrez was placed on paid administrative leave by Superintendent Hal Harrell on Monday, her attorney confirmed to KENS 5. No further details were provided about the decision.

Last year was Gutierrez’s first as manager of Robb, having been with the region for more than two decades. She was previously a fourth-grade teacher at Robb for 10 years before becoming an assistant principal in 2018.

In June, it was one of several interviews given by the Texas Special Legislative Committee that formed in the aftermath of the shooting, giving its version of the events of May 24.

“I am only interested in my family and my children,” Gutierrez told lawmakers at the time.

According to the Texas House Committee Recently released reportGutierrez attempted to start the shutdown on May 24 amid an early report of an armed presence on campus, “but had difficulty alerting due to a bad WiFi signal.” Instead of using the intercom, I asked the guard to make sure all doors were closed.

The announcement comes after Pete Arredondo, the beleaguered school district police chief at the center of scrutiny over Robb’s law enforcement response, was placed on unpaid administrative leave last week. He has been on paid leave since June 22, and his future with the district is in doubt after Harrell recommended that he be fired.

The school board has yet to announce a new date for its postponed special meeting to discuss the possible termination of Arredondo, after it canceled Saturday’s gathering. But there was relatively little discussion about Gutierrez’s role on May 24.

Meanwhile, on Monday night the trustees also held a regular meeting where they agreed to send a resolution to Governor Greg Abbott urging him to call a special legislative session to raise the minimum assault rifle purchase age to 21. The beginning of the next school year is three weeks, with September 6 set as the first day of classes.


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