A Florida Teacher Was Arrested For Carrying A Gun To School Months After It Became Legal For Teachers In Florida To Be Armed
Today’s school kids have a different understanding of mass shootings. They are trained on how to handle an active shooter on their campus. Some teachers around the country have also received training on how to shoot the shooter, who will probably be a student. We’ve seen those images of teachers being trained to shoot, and it’s a startling thought.
So when you hear that a teacher is carrying a gun, some perhaps may not think twice, but when you hear that they carried knives too then, it’s actually a problem.
A fourth-grade teacher in Florida was arrested after getting caught with a backpack that was full of guns and knives.
According to media reports, Betty Jo Soto, a 49-year-old Pinellas County school teacher was acting strange, and her colleagues noticed. They said that where she went that morning, she carried around the backpack, so that “suspicious behavior” prompted them to call the police.
“The principal notified law enforcement,” Pinellas school district spokeswoman Lisa Wolf-Chason said, according to The Tampa Bay Times. “And in the course of their investigation, discovered what was in her backpack.”
The school teacher is licensed to carry a gun, but not on campus.
People on campus said that they could see Soto’s gun as it was hanging out of the bag. She was also carrying a “six-inch fighting knife in her pocket and a two-inch finger push knife in her backpack strap.”
As for motive, one possibility could be that the school district did not renew her teaching contract. She is currently on bail awaiting her trail and faces “two misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon.”
“I really want to applaud the staff here at Starkey because they noticed something suspicious and acted on it right away. Which, ultimately helped keep the school safe today,” Wolf-Chason said according to Spectrum 9 News.
Some people on social media are questioning why this teacher was singled out when some teachers have been told to bring a gun to school to protect children.
We shall wait and see when she has her day and court and how she will explain herself.
Some have speculated whether or not the teacher was attempting to make a point about the new bill.
Some have pointed out that if she had left the gun in her desk and locked it she would have been blamed if something had gone awry.
Others were quick to question whether reactions to Soto’s carrying of a gun were because of her race.
Suddenly Florida, the state that loved the idea of arming teachers, has problems. #TBD I guess!