Substitute teacher arrested after bringing gun to Florida elementary school

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LARGO, Fla. (WCBD) – A substitute elementary school teacher in Florida is charged with carrying a concealed firearm on campus.

It comes after a loaded handgun fell out of his waistband while helping kids do cartwheels on the playground.

Police say Jesse Jones’ handgun was loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition, when it fell from his waistband on the school’s playground Tuesday. 

According to a message from the principal of the school, Ms. Welsh, the teacher was removed from campus by the Pinellas County Schools Police Department.

“As soon as the weapon was discovered, the substitute was escorted away from students by the school’s security officer and law enforcement was called to assist,” the message reads.

Welsh said Jones will not return to the school and will no longer be eligible to be a substitute teacher for Pinellas County Schools.

Jones is charged with carrying a concealed weapon on a school campus. 

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