Parkland teacher who vowed to carry gun in class just lost his gun in the bathroom

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In the wake of February’s horrifying massacre at Parkland’s Stoneman-Douglas High School, the president and his allies have been pushing heavily for teachers and school police officers to carry deadly weapons in order to deter school shooters.

Sean Simpson, a chemistry teacher at Stoneman-Douglas, volunteered to carry his gun with him at school to protect the children from any future shooters – but while that idea sounds simple on paper, Simpson can now tell you that in reality, it’s not such a great idea.

That’s because he’s been arrested for leaving his loaded gun in a public bathroom, where it was promptly discovered by a drunk homeless man.

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Once he realized his mistake, Simpson ran back into the bathroom and wrestled the gun away, but not before the man had accidentally fired a shot into the wall.

Simpson was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to safely store a firearm. The homeless man was charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated.

This is not an uncommon occurrence for those with weapons; if you’ll recall, Capitol Hill police found themselves in serious trouble after agents forgot their weapons in the bathroom after they were finished with their business a few years ago. 

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Thankfully, nobody was injured in this incident, but it certainly hits home how one simple mistake could lead to unnecessary death and violence – and why guns certainly don’t belong anywhere around curious children, who are extremely likely to accidentally hurt or kill themselves or those around them.

By any measure, the idea to give our underpaid and overworked educators dangerous weapons and trained to view the kids they’re supposed to be teaching as potential threats is utterly absurd and will result in nothing but more dead children.

Original reporting by Madeline Marr @ Miami Herald

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Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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