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Teacher brought model firearms to Volusia high school, deputies say

Deputies: Model firearm was not functional

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A teacher at New Smyrna Beach High School brought two model firearms to school to show students Wednesday, deputies say.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office report, the firearms were a non-functional model but caused concern when someone saw it and did not know it was a replica.

A student reported the teacher after he saw a teacher carrying a “project board” with a long gun inside, according to the report.

Officials say deputies and school district personnel responded to the campus quickly, and a message was sent to parents to alert them of the incident.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the teacher had two “prop guns” on campus.

The name of the teacher involved was not immediately available, but the school district confirmed she has been removed from the classroom and placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the incident.

“Being told to leave is wrong,” parent Will Longacre said. “Being the teacher, you expect them to be trustworthy. I’m ex-military."

However, the teacher was not arrested, said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.

“We are investigating this situation," said school district spokeswoman Kelly Schulz. "New Smyrna Beach High School families have been notified about the fake rifle on campus. “

The sheriff’s office reminds students, staff and teachers that it is never a good idea to bring anything resembling a firearm onto any school campus.

Some parents weren’t offended by the idea of a teacher bringing a teachable item on campus.

“It wasn’t a student bringing it in, it was a teacher to teach kids," parent Angelique said. “They bring in props and stuff in all the time to do that for kids.”


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