A Florida teacher was arrested Monday after she brought a loaded gun and two knives onto an elementary school campus.
According to FOX News, Betty Jo Soto,49, was apprehended at the Starkey Elementary School in Seminole after the school’s principal contacted police. Authorities reported that Soto carried a loaded Glock 9mm pistol with seven bullets and a two-inch push knife in her backpack strap. She also carried a six-inch Karambit fighting knife in her pants pocket.
The school district said in a statement that Soto was acting suspiciously that morning and the principal contacted police after she noticed the fourth-grade teacher’s behavior.
One Starkey elementary school parent told WFLA that Soto was very militant towards students:
“She seemed very abrupt, the way she was speaking. I almost felt like she was talking to these kids like she was their parent, you know, just really, a little overboard. So, it made me kind of, something kind of went up in the back of my hair like, hmmm,”
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Soto faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon and was held at the Pinellas County Jail. She was later released on a $500 bail.