Marjory Stoneman Douglas teacher arrested after leaving loaded gun in public bathroom

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Science teacher Sean Simpson told deputies he accidentally left the Glock 9mm in the bathroom at Florida's Deerfield Beach Pier Sunday; when he realized what he'd done and went back to get it, he heard a gunshot. After he walked out, a drunk homeless man found it in a stall and fired it once into a wall, according to a Broward County Sheriff's Office report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

Although the bullet merely hit a wall, police noted the possibility for a much more risky occurrence.

Simpson told the Sheriff's deputies he'd left his gun inside the bathroom by mistake.

As for the MSD teacher, he was arrested and charged with failing to safely store a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Mr. Simpson, 43, grabbed the gun from the man.

Sean Simpson, 43, a chemistry teacher at the Florida school where 17 students were shot to death on February 14, faces once count of unsafe storage of a firearm, court records show.

He posted a $250 cash bond and was released, according to The Herald.

"There was a reasonable likelihood that the firearm could have ended up in the hands of a child or the discharge of the firearm could have wounded another person or child", an arrest affidavit stated.

Simpson called the idea of arming teachers to protect against school shootings "a tough question". I'm not sure I would know the answer.

He is not now facing any punishment from the school district.

In the wake of the shootings in Parkland, Florida's legislature approved a $67 million program that provides funding to school districts to train teachers to carry guns.

In that same interview, Simpson cautiously told MSNBC he would be open to the idea of undergoing training to carry a weapon at school - but that he would prefer to see restrictions on assault-style weapons.

He is still employed at Stoneman Douglas High and no disciplinary action against him is expected, according to Local 10 News.

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