By Henry Decker

Armed School Guard Accidentally Leaves Gun In Student Restroom

January 19, 2013 7:32 am Category: Memo Pad 7 Comments A+ / A-

An armed guard hired to protect a Michigan school in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting committed a “breach in security protocol” when he accidentally left his gun in a student restroom.

Clark Arnold, a retired Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department firearms instructor, was hired last week in reaction to the Newtown shooting.

“It’s a tremendous asset to the safety of our students,” Chatfield School co-director Matt Young told WNEM after the hiring. By adding an armed guard, the school was following the NRA’s prescription for stopping school shootings — and accidentally revealed a fatal flaw in the “more guns!” argument.

Just a week into his tenure at the job, Young admitted to the Flint Journal that Arnold left an unloaded weapon in a restroom “for a few moments.”

“The school has put additional security procedures in place that follow local law enforcement practices and guidelines,” Young said in a statement. “At no time was any student involved in this breach of protocol. We will continue to work on improving school security.”

Young insisted that no children were exposed to the handgun, and declined to comment further on the incident.

Tris Fritz, a parent with children in third and fifth grade at the school, told the Journal that Arnold’s error was “kind of a big mistake.”

“I think that some kid might not think it’s a real gun. They might think it’s a toy. They’re going to be curious, that’s the nature of a child,” he said.

“I know people are human and they make mistakes,” Fritz added. “That’s kind of a big mistake.”

Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh is declining to prosecute Arnold over the incident, as nobody was hurt. “It’s almost like no harm, no foul,” Konschuh said.

Hat-tip: The Raw Story

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  • nobsartist

    No doubt just another republiCON running for office.

    It looks like they are all out of crossing guards.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    Guns in schools, what could possibly go wrong? Looks like we’ve got one answer already.

  • foolsdance

    Took this tool 1 week to be irresponsible with his gun… way to go ‘responsible’ gun owner!

  • http://mohammeddressup.com/ I Zheet M’Drawz

    Isn’t it funny how all the ‘interesting’ things involving the Republicans & their stupidity also invove mens rooms?

    But really folks, the calibre of these rent-a-cops is pretty low.

  • old_blu

    Ahh, So this is how the good law abiding responsible citizens take care of their guns. (mmm maybe we do need laws)

    • neeceoooo

      Hi there, you’re right. This is what we are supposed to do to protect our children. Mmmm

      • old_blu

        I see where 5 people were wounded at gun shows this week end they were private parties most likely selling guns without a background check, and I’m guessing, but I bet they were law abiding citizens also.(selling to felons?) And good morning to you my friend.

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