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Parkland HS teacher is arrested for leaving loaded gun in public bathroom

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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.

No one was injured, as CBS 12 reporter Kristen Chapman tweeted below:

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.

The Broward County School Board said on Tuesday it will not participate in the new program, ABC News reported.

Simpson was charged with failing to safely store a firearm, which is a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released after posting a $250 cash bond.

The reaction online included a mix of snarky, humorous responses and more serious concerns about armed teachers, with the incident playing right into the hands of the gun control crowd.

Here’s a sampling of responses, as seen on Twitter:


Tom Tillison


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