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Pinellas County teacher arrested after gun was found in her bag on campus

Posted at 2:53 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-20 17:35:53-04

SEMINOLE, Fla. – An elementary school teacher in Pinellas County is facing charges after a gun was found inside her bag on campus.

According to Pinellas County Schools, 49-year-old Betty Soto was arrested on two counts of violation of a concealed carry permit. The gun was found inside her bag in a classroom at Starkey Elementary School, Pinellas County Schools said.

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School officials said the gun was never removed from the bag until law enforcement confiscated it.

Soto had worked with the Pinellas County Schools for three years, according to school officials.

Pinellas County Schools said Soto will not return to Starkey or any schools in the district for the remainder of the school year.