Assistant Principal demoted for stopping school shooter

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Karen Kain
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Vivian Gutierrez stopped a school shooting in December 2019 at Harns Marsh Middle School. She was able to remove the student with the gun from all other students and get the gun away from the student before anyone could be hurt. Vivian has worked for the Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida for 30 years. She has never had any disciplinary action taken against her during that time. The Lee County School District does not have a single policy, procedure or anything in the employee handbook addressing what an administrator or teacher should do if they suspect someone has a weapon on campus. There has never been a meeting or training held regarding weapons on campus for administrators. Nothing on how to respond to the weapons presence before shots are being fired. 

The child who brought the gun to school had a detailed plan and specific targets he planned to kill. Despite putting her life in danger and preventing a single person from being hurt she was suspended from her job and is now being demoted from an assistant principal to a teacher. The school district has yet to point to a single district policy she was violated. In today’s time where school shooting are all to common, she acted to save lives. Because of her quick reaction that day no student or employee was killed, injured or traumatized and she is being punished for that. 

Her suspension and demotion sends the message that the school district would rather administrators allow a school shooting when they are able to stop it before it happens. It send the message that administrations careers will be protected only if they do nothing, but if they act to save lives it will be ruined. Administrators will have this message in the back of their mind and the next time a student brings a gun to a school an administrator in a position to prevent a school shooting will think twice. This message is going to cost lives. Several administrators and teachers within the district has contacted the board saying just that. Help Vivian Gutierrez and I fight against the school district and the dangerous message they have sent out.