Teacher Suspended For Toy Gun Used In Play
Man Had Prop Gun In Pants Pocket
POSTED: 11:11 am CDT October 12, 2006
NAPLES, Fla. -- School officials in Florida are deciding what to do with a teacher who allegedly carried a toy gun around school property.
The Golden Gate Middle School teacher wassuspended last week and is on administrative leave with pay. The teacher's name has not been released.
The sheriff's office said deputies were called to the school in Collier County, Fla., and found the teacher carrying the small plastic gun with a red tip in the back of his pants, but at no time was anyone in danger. He told deputies he found the toy in a prop box at the school and that it was used for a school play.
Collier County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristin Adams said the teacher did not make any threats to anyone, and no criminal violations were found.
But the school district is conducting its own investigation and will interview teachers, staff and students at the school about the incident. Officials are expected to make a decision soon regarding the teacher's job status.
"In light of what everyone has been hearing about bullying and campus security, it probably makes people a little more nervous," Allun Hamblett, executive director of human resources for the district, told Naples News. "We need to assure parents, teachers and students in the community that our schools are as safe as they can be."
The paper reported that Hamblett said the toy gun strongly resembled a real gun.
"We need to look at any mitigating factors -- how (the gun) was discovered, when it was discovered, how it was handled," Hamblett said. "Rest assured, we take any threat seriously."
I guess since it looked like a real gun, some liberal felt threatened.