Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School chemistry teacher, Sean Simpson, was arrested on Sunday for failing to safely store his weapon. The 43-year-old who carries a concealed weapons permit says he inadvertently left his loaded gun in a public restroom and before he could retrieve it, a drunk homeless man picked it up and shot it.
Simpson’s Glock 9 mm was in a stall inside a restroom at the Deerfield Beach Pier on Sunday. When he returned for the weapon, he heard a shot fired and found Joseph Spataro holding the handgun.
Spataro told police he fired the gun just to see if it was loaded. He has been charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated and trespassing.
Authorities say there were no injuries. Simpson was charged by Broward County Sheriff’s Office; he posted a $250 bond. Local reports say he does not believe he broke any school rules.
Sean Simpson was teaching at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 when when confessed gunman Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students and staff members and injured 17 others. The teacher has been outspoken about his feelings on gun control and openly supported students at the Parkland, Florida school.
“These students are going to stand up, they’re going to speak from their hearts, and they’re not going to be silenced,”
Simpson said in an NBC interview days after the attack.
Local media reports that Simpson has said he was open to the idea of getting training to carry a gun inside school. Broward County recently rejected the program offered by the state to arm teachers.
According to a Broward County School Board spokeswoman, Simpson continues to teach at Stoneman Douglas. The district is not expected to take any professional action against him in the case.
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