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PA teacher, Ruby Gunner, may not get job back
PORT ARTHUR - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
A hearing officer in Ruby Gunner's appeal has made his recommendation to the Port Arthur school board.
Ruby Gunner tells KFDM News Larry Simmons is recommending the board not to renew her contract.
"I pretty much expected that to be the recommendation from how the hearing officer was selected, because Melody (Chappell) is the one that gave the board that one name," Gunner said.
Throughout Gunner's criminal trial and appeal, she has maintained that PAISD attorney Melody Chappell was "one of the main conspirators" in trying to get rid of her.
During closing arguments at the appeal hearing, Chappell said non-renewal wasn't ending Gunner's career. Chappell added that Gunner could still apply with the district.
However, Gunner stated: That seemed to be somewhat contradictory. If I've broken these policies, you could have simply said what policies I broke."
Gunner was charged with injury to a child, accused of hitting, pushing and choking her then 11-year-old student in Apr. 2013.
Gunner maintained it was self-defense and was acquitted by a jury in March.
"It was never stated that the school district really had policies in place for self-defense and it was never stated that I did not follow policies and procedures," Gunner said.
The school board proposed non-renewal for Gunner, she appealed and the hearing officer recommended non-renewal of her contract.
The school board has the final decision and is expected to vote at the next board meeting.