Parkland Teacher Left His Loaded Handgun in Public Bathroom
A teacher at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High—who said he’d be willing to arm himself at school to protect students—has been accused of leaving his loaded handgun in a public restroom, where it was picked up and fired by a drunk homeless man. The Miami Herald reported chemistry teacher Sean Simpson told deputies he left his gun by accident but, by the time he realized, the homeless man had already found it and fired the Glock 9mm at a wall. Simpson said he was able to grab the gun away from the homeless man, Joseph Spataro, who was later charged with firing a weapon while intoxicated. Simpson was arrested and charged with failing to safely store a firearm and posted a $250 cash bond, but reportedly faces no disciplinary action from the school, where 17 people were killed by a teen gunman on Feb. 14.