Acquitted Port Arthur teacher Ruby Gunner fights for her job

On Wednesday, a Jefferson County jury found 63-year-old Ruby Gunner not guilty of injury to a child.

A student at Robert E. Lee Elementary, DeShawn Willis had accused her of attacking him.

She said she was just acting in self-defense after the 11-year-old kicked her in the stomach.

Now Gunner is facing another battle.  She is fighting for her job.

A spokesperson for the Port Arthur Independent School District issued a statement saying the district will continue with plans to terminate Gunner's contract.

In the statement, Superintendent Mark Porterie, Ed.D goes on to say, "The district will continue to ensure the safety of all students in its care through adherence of district policies by employees."

Gunner found the statement "very disturbing."

She said it addresses student safety, but how about teachers.  She said, "The teachers are going to continue to leave, because if they're attacked by a student, they are the ones being persecuted."

Gunner blames administrators for her ordeal, claiming they had been after her for years, for standing up to them in support of fellow teachers and students.

Gunner says she knows she's been a good teacher, and so does the district, her priority she says has always been the students, but she questions the district's priority in trying to get rid of her.

She said, "We don't have that kind of money as a school district to throw away behind something frivolous, just because of an obsession to incriminate me."

Gunner is appealing her proposed termination, and remains on paid suspension.


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