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'Anti-immigration bias, racial slurs, bullying': Austin ISD investigating principal

Gabriela Soto has been the principal of the school since January 2018, according to AISD.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Independent School District said it's investigating claims made against the principal of Andrews Elementary.

Gabriela Soto has been the principal of the school since January 2018, according to AISD. 

"The children, parents and staff have suffered daily from an onslaught of anti-immigrant bias, racial slurs, bullying, threats, intimidation and retaliations for over a year," said Jim Harrington, who lives in community.

Harrington is part of the East Austin School Manifesto Coalition. It's a group made up of parents and community members to push for better education in East Austin schools.

"This administrator has had the police called on her at least three times during school hours,"said Harrington, as he read a statement from several staff members of Anderson Elementary. "She has verbally assaulted several staff members and has physically harassed them."

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AISD said Soto is on leave. 

"What we know at this point is that there have been allegations that some families and staff members were treated disrespectfully, especially related to immigrant status," said Michelle Cavazos with AISD. 

Those with the East Austin School Manifesto Coalition said the principal wrote "Making Andrews Great Again" in a school newsletter. 

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"Statements like that, related to MAGA, are not supported by our district," said Cavazos. "And, as I mentioned earlier, whether these allegations are true or not, there is a sentiment of feeling not welcome at the school, so that is what we’re working to address.”

Cavazos said "all are welcome" in the district. She does not know when the investigation will end.


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