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Teacher At Stoneman Douglas High School Arrested After Leaving Gun In Bathroom Stall

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Teacher At Stoneman Douglas High School Arrested After Leaving Gun In Bathroom Stall

Teacher At Stoneman Douglas High School Arrested After Leaving Gun In Bathroom Stall

A teacher at the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 students and staff were shot to death was arrested for allegedly leaving a loaded gun in a public bathroom.

Sean Simpson, a science teacher had volunteered to arm himself while in the classroom in the wake of the 14 February mass shooting. Mr. Simpson told police he left the gun in the bathroom “by accident.” By the time he had returned to retrieve his weapon a homeless man who appeared to be intoxicated had taken it up. Police say, Joseph Spataro, 69, fired a shot into a wall.

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Broward County Sheriff’s Office

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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. However, Spataro, who told police he fired the gun to see if it was loaded, was charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated and trespassing.

His arrest came just days before the Broward School Board rejected a proposal to arm teachers and other school staff, a decision by President Donald Trump. Last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a school safety bill that allows some school teachers to carry guns.

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