As most of our readers know, Stoneman Douglas High School was the site of the recent shooting tragedy that killed 17 students and teachers. This horrendous incident has alarmed parents, students and politicians across the nation, and most are still attempting to determine what should be done to prevent a similar situation in the future.
Some have advocated that teachers should begin carrying their own firearms, and one Parkland shooter survivor and teacher, Sean Simpson, volunteered to begin bringing his weapon to school.
The Broward County Sheriff’s office reported an incident involving this teacher’s firearm that led to his arrest. The report states that Simpson removed his loaded 9mm Glock pistol from its holster while using the restroom at the Deerfield Beach Pier. When he exited the stall to wash his hands, he forgot to re-holster his weapon. The loaded gun was left in the restroom unattended.
Simpson realized he had forgotten his gun within five minutes. As he headed back to the restroom, he heard shots being fired. According to Simpson, he saw a homeless man holding the gun. The man, Joseph Spataro, was arrested and being charged with discharging a firearm in public.
Simpson has also been arrested and charged with unsafe storage of a firearm. Leaving the loaded weapon unattended at the public beach is a serious security breach despite the teacher’s concealed weapons permit.
Following this recent incident, the Broward County School Board has announced that it will not be participating in any program intending to arm teachers with firearms.