A teacher at the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 students and teachers were shot to death was arrested for allegedly leaving a loaded gun in a public bathroom.
Earlier this week, the Broward County Public Schools Board unanimously voted "to reject the state's new program to arm school staff in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shootings", the Miami Herald reports.
Simpson placed the gun on the handrail of the bathroom stall, then left it behind as he went to wash his hands at a sink inside the stall, according to a Broward County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
Less than five minutes later, Simpson remembered his firearm was in the bathroom; while he was walking back to get it, he heard a single gunshot, police said.
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No one was injured, but the teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is now charged with failing to safely store his weapon. Simpson snatched the weapon out of Spataro's hand, and it was in his pocket when law enforcement responded to the scene, the Sentinel reports. He was released later on Sunday after posting a $250 cash bond. Spataro, 69, was charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated and trespassing. "But again, that is a complicated subject, and I'm not sure if it's the answer", he said.
The Florida Legislature passed a bill that provides funding to train some school employees, such as librarians, Junior ROTC instructors and administrators, to be armed if the school district approves. Asked by NBC's Katy Tur if he would want a gun in his hand in a situation like the shooting at his school, he said in a video published by MSNBC, "That's a tough question".
When reached on the telephone after his arrest, Simpson said he could not comment on the criminal case, though he did say he did not believe it constituted a violation of school board rules. A schools spokeswoman said on Friday that the district had not yet decided whether to take any action against Mr. Simpson.