In the early 90's students were allowed to have hunting firearms in their vehicles on our high school grounds as long as they were out of sight (not hanging in gunracks). Guns are evil, these teenagers who ratted out the teachers in these two seperate cases have been trained well I guess
I would like to know exactly what "intervention" class the one teacher is required to take because he had a handgun in his glovebox.
BROOKSVILLE, FL — Central High School’s suspended teacher Michael Ellison received a reprieve in his county court case involving the charge of unsafe storage of a firearm.
In a court proceeding last week, it was decided that the misdemeanor charge against Ellison would be dismissed once he shows proof of having taken a pretrial intervention class.
That class, according to the State Attorney’s Office, should be completed some time in March. Ellison was charged with the misdemeanor after Central High students found a gun in the glove compartment of his truck. He volunteered his truck to the school’s auto shop in order to have the air conditioning fixed.
However, when students went to disassemble the glove compartment, they found the gun. Ellison was escorted off campus and suspended, with pay, from his post as a social studies teacher.
In November, school board members took Ellison’s suspension one step further by unanimously agreeing to suspend the veteran teacher without pay. Ellison’s case was then slated to go before a Division of Administrative Hearing Judge. The judge would determine if Ellison could be terminated from his job in Hernando County.
In November, Ellison’s attorney, Mark Herdman, pleaded for a speedy administrative hearing. Herdman said a suspension without pay could, “cause undue hardship for Ellison.”
That administrative hearing took place in January. It was a one-day hearing and the judge’s order has not been filed yet. However, with the pretrial intervention in place, at least one phase of Ellison’s court battles is almost over.
Unlike Ellison, Nature Coast Technical High School construction teacher, Philip Lawhorn, did not receive charges from the State Attorney’s Office for having a student find his gun on a school campus. Lawhorn was suspended from his post Dec. 5. On that day, he asked a student to get some video equipment from his truck. The student saw Lawhorn’s shotgun which was broken down into three pieces.
When the sheriff investigated Lawhorn’s case, he found evidence in both the bed and the cab of his truck that Lawhorn had been hunting. Items like a tree stand, hunting camouflage boots and a camouflage cooler were found in the bed of the truck.
In the sheriff’s report, Lawhorn is quoted to have said, “I forgot my gun in the car because I was hunting this weekend and forgot to take it out of the car.”
State Attorney Don Barbee said that there was no intent in Lawhorn’s case. He also said the teacher’s weapon was brought on campus by accident. The school district, however, is advertising Lawhorn’s job as a job vacancy on the school Web site.
As for Ellison, administrative law judge Harry L. Hooper will place an order regarding whether he can be terminated from the school district some time this year.
"Why don't you just go to the hose and drink some water like the dog you are"