“We really don’t know the motive and why he was carrying it in school,” the local police chief told the assembled press. Gee, we can think of a couple of motives. Like wanting to protect his students and himself. Or the fact that the teacher in question, Jason Adams, taught in a Newtown, Connecticut middle school. Of course, many will argue that particular location only makes the fact that he was caught with a concealed handgun while on the job that much worse . . .
“This matter is very serious and troubling, both the Newtown Public School system and the Newtown Police Department took immediate steps to address the matter,” the Newtown School System said in a statement that police released. “The teacher was immediately detained by security personnel. The teacher has additionally been placed on administrative leave pending an administrative investigation. Both agencies have been working closely together to investigate the incident and are taking precautions to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff and community members.”
There’s no way to know what Adams’ intentions actually were, though we’ll probably be hearing much more about this before the situation is resolved. And here’s a surprise:
Police said school policy strictly forbids the possession of firearms on school property.
Adams will do doubt lose his job and local parents – at least those interviewed for the story – were appalled.
“I’m shocked,” Liz O’Connell, a student’s parent, told NBC Connecticut. “I think it’s horrible, obviously I don’t know the reason why but it was a stupid mistake.”