By Bizpac Review. A teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was arrested after leaving a loaded firearm in a restroom.
Sean Simpson, a science teacher who was present at the Parkland, Fla., high school when a gunman opened fire, killing 17 people, left the gun in a bathroom stall at the Deerfield Beach Pier on Sunday, ABC News reported.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said the teacher explained that after going back to retrieve the gun, he found a homeless man holding it. At some point, the man, who looked to be intoxicated, fired the weapon into a wall . . .
Here at the Deerfield Beach Pier is where deputies say @StonemanDouglas Chemistry teacher Sean Simpson accidentally left his handgun in the bathroom. Another man picked it up and fired one shot. No injuries, but Simpson faces charges for unsafe storage of a firearm @CBS12 pic.twitter.com/oRF6yTSejg
— Kristen Chapman (@KChapmanCBS12) April 12, 2018
Simpson had previously said he would be willing to arm himself while on duty as a teacher, according to the Miami Herald.
Florida passed a new law, the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, named after the coach at Stoneman Douglas who died while protecting students, that allows certain school staff members to carry a firearm. (Read more from “Parkland HS Teacher Arrested for Leaving Loaded Gun in Public Bathroom, Homeless Man Fires It” HERE)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Teacher Charged After Leaving Gun in Public Restroom
By ABC News. A Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher and shooting survivor was arrested and charged after he allegedly left his pistol in a public restroom, where it was later fired, police said . . .
Simpson, 43, was charged with failing to safely store a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released later on Sunday after posting a $250 cash bond. Meanwhile, Spataro, who told police he fired the Glock 9mm to see if it was loaded, was charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated and trespassing.
ABC affiliate WPLG reached out to Simpson, who would not comment on the case, though he said did not believe that he violated school board rules.
A spokeswoman for the Broward County School Board said the district is not expected to take disciplinary action against him, according to WPLG. (Read more from “Marjory Stoneman Douglas Teacher Charged After Leaving Gun in Public Restroom” HERE)