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Parkland teacher arrested after leaving loaded gun in public restroom

Posted at 8:55 AM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 13:38:05-04

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher, who said he is willing to be trained to carry a gun to protect the high school, was arrested after authorities say he left a loaded gun in a public restroom, where a drunk homeless man picked it up and fired it.

The man is a teacher at the Florida school where 17 people were shot to death in February.

No one was injured, but the teacher is now charged with failing to safely store his weapon.

A Broward Sheriff's report says 43-year-old Sean Simpson, who carries a concealed weapons permit, left his Glock 9 mm in a restroom at the Deerfield Beach Pier on Sunday. He told deputies he was returning to get it when he heard a gunshot, and found the man holding the pistol.

WPLG reports that he is one of the teachers who said he would be willing to be trained to carry a gun to protect the high school.

Records show the teacher posted a $250 bond. It's not known whether he has a lawyer.