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Shots Just Fired In Bathroom As Parkland Teacher Runs In To Help – Wasn’t Gunman Who Was Arrested

Everyone in Parkland, Florida is still on edge about the shooting that took place at the public high school there on February 14, which sparked a massive gun debate since that hasn’t gone away. Now, that fury for the fight to end the Second Amendment has just been given much more ammo after shots were fired in a bathroom. A Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher heard th shots and ran in to help, but it wasn’t the shooter who was taken into custody.

Sean Simpson, who is a science teacher at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland Florida, had recently volunteered to be one of the teachers that would be trained to carry a gun in school. This program is being tossed around as a possible solution to school shootings.

Simpson heard that President Trump had suggested the idea and felt like he was a good fit for the job.

Recently this pistol-packing teacher was visiting a pier at Deerfield Beach Florida when things began to go really wrong.

Just because you carry a gun doesn’t mean you know what you’re doing.

According to a local news station Local10.com, A pistol-packing Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher who said he’d be willing to be trained to carry a gun to protect the high school faces a criminal charge after he left his Glock9mm in a public restroom where it was later fired by a drunk homeless man, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. 

Science teacher Sean Simpson –- who was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 17 people were killed in a mass shooting – told deputies he accidentally left the gun in a stall at the bathroom at the Deerfield Beach Pier during a visit to the beach Sunday. While going back to retrieve it, he heard a gunshot and once back inside the bathroom, saw 69-year-old Joseph Spataro holding the gun. Simpson then snatched the gun out of Spataro’s hands, deputies reported.

Simpson, 43, was arrested and charged with failing to safely store a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail. He posted a $250 cash bond.

Science teacher Sean Simpson

Spataro, who told deputies he’d fired the gun to see whether it was loaded, was charged with trespassing and firing a weapon while intoxicated. The bullet fortunately did not strike anyone and was later found inside the concrete block structure by deputies, who were alerted to the situation by a witness running from the scene. 

“There was a reasonable likelihood that the firearm could have ended up in the hands of a child or the discharge of the firearm could have wounded another person or child,” deputies wrote in the arrest report.

Spataro, who told deputies he’d fired the gun to see whether it was loaded, was charged with trespassing and firing a weapon while intoxicated. The bullet, fortunately, did not strike anyone and was later found inside the concrete block structure by deputies, who were alerted to the situation by a witness running from the scene. 

“There was a reasonable likelihood that the firearm could have ended up in the hands of a child or the discharge of the firearm could have wounded another person or child,” deputies wrote in the arrest report. 

Simpson, who supervised student activist Emma Gonzalez on a science project and appeared in a short documentary made by David Hogg before the shooting, has been a supporter of Stoneman Douglas students’ gun control efforts and attended the March For Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. on March 24.

When asked about the prospect raised by President Donald Trump of arming teachers, Simpson seemed open to the idea. 

“I know there are some of us that are willing to take the training if it was offered and probably be another line of defense,” he said. “But again that is a complicated subject and I’m not sure if it’s the answer. I think it’s easier to get these types of weapons out of the hands of people that aren’t meant to do anything but kill.” 

Despite the debacle with his gun, Simpson still works at Stoneman Douglas and a Broward County School Board spokeswoman said the district said that they have no plans to take action against the science teacher over this.

Simpson is a perfect example of why we don’t want teachers protecting our kids a school. What if he left his gun in the school bathroom? The solutions cost too much money, putting police officers in every school in America would be costly. But what is the higher cost? A teacher accidentally discharging a firearm in a classroom could be catastrophic. It’s time for states to team up with the federal government and find the money to protect our kids correctly, and stop putting band-aids on the situation.

 

 

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