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:
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 (@KChapmanReports) 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.
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:
More guns in schools, that's the answer, right? https://t.co/p771WHJvAs
— Jay Bookman (@jaysbookman) April 12, 2018
Charges upon charges. Do y'all feel safer yet? https://t.co/Rf7O6cEmZX
— Michael or Mike (@seemichael) April 12, 2018
It said public restroom. Not at the school! Read people!
— Leann (@herrkttyktty) April 12, 2018
To all the confused: just because it didn’t happen at school doesn’t mean it couldn’t or wouldn’t happen at school. People don’t become instantly more responsible while on school grounds. pic.twitter.com/bIFpyr2v9Q
— ?️?BeeRay? (@speed0spank) April 12, 2018
Found it! pic.twitter.com/5glxmOLqyj
— Matt Wilson?? (@MattWilly28) April 12, 2018
This isn't my idea of "responsible" gun ownership. https://t.co/mW3vJSBAqK
— Kerry Greene (@grnwaz) April 12, 2018
How does a loaded gun become such a mundane accessory that you accidentally leave it in a public bathroom? https://t.co/SRc1RzWJIA
— 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗗𝗶𝗰𝗸𝘀𝗼𝗻, coder, songs, music, grumpy (@nathandickson) April 12, 2018
I’m going to make a generalization and I’m not sorry about it. The kind of people who volunteer to be armed are the last people you want armed. https://t.co/gaYXC5qV6t
— Corrin Foster (@corrinrenee) April 12, 2018
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