First graders receive a gun that is intended to protect them in the event of a school shooting
- The children found the gun in mid-March on a desk at the Highland Elementary School in the subway area of Columbus, Ohio
- Vicky Nelson, the school's transport director, had left the firearm in an unlocked plastic case when she started using the toilet
- Nelson's grandson and another top-notch took the gun out of the suitcase and left it on Nelson's desk when she returned
- Chief Inspector Dan Freund said he was physically ill & # 39; when he found out
- School administrators did not report the dangerous incident to the police
- It raises concerns about a growing movement to arm teachers to protect students from potential mass shooters
Two first graders in a school building in Ohio managed to gain access to a gun brought in by a staff member who was authorized to carry the firearm as part of a hidden carrying program to protect students from potential mass shooters.
Transport Director Vicky Nelson of Highland Local Schools – who is also the grandmother of one of the children – was suspended for three days without payment after the mid-March incident in mid-March in South Bloomfield Township, Ohio.
Nelson was also removed from the carrying program in April. She was trained and received permission to bring her gun on campus, according to the Columbus shipment.
Nelson had left her gun in an unlocked plastic suitcase on her desk on the day of the incident while she went to the toilet at the district transportation office where her grandson and another first-grader, daughter of assistant transportation director, Christine Scaffidi, too, were present.
The incident occurred mid-March at a Highland Local Schools administration office, not far from Highland Elementary School (photo)
The school assistant returned to find the gun outside of the suitcase on her desk after the children caught it. Both children were in the neighborhood after the firearm was not found in place.
When Nelson and Scaffidi told Chief Inspector Dan Freund about the incident, Freund said he was physically ill & # 39; became.
& # 39; I assume the child picked up and held the gun from behind the desk, & # 39; Freund said to the shipment. & # 39; People were shocked. & # 39;
But the Chief Inspector chose not to tell the police about the dangerous encounter.
Morrow County Sheriff John L. Hinton said he only heard what happened last week after a local resident posted about this on Facebook. Hinton said he would probably have investigated what would have happened if he had known before.
Highland Local Schools is, according to Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, one of more than 100 public school districts in Ohio and charter school programs that have adopted hidden wear programs. training school staff to use firearms to protect students, the dispatch reported.
Greg Perry, Morrow County's office weapon trainer, helped Highland Schools set up his program last year with four, eight-hour training.
& # 39; What happened there was inconsistent with the training, policies and procedures or conditions to be on the (hidden carry) team, & # 39; he said. & # 39; That's a big no-no. It is unforgivable. & # 39;
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