REPORT: Florida teacher put on leave after allegedly telling students about hypothetical school shooting

AUGUST 24, 2019

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A Florida high school teacher has been put on administrative leave after he allegedly told students how, if he were an active school shooter, he’d “have a 1,000-person body count and be a hero,” authorities said.

According to The Ledger, Lakeland Police Det. Justin Conatser wrote in a petition for a risk protection order that the teacher in question allegedly said during a lockdown drill that he would be the best school shooter because he “would plant (improvised explosive devices) … fire a couple of rounds and wait for everyone to hide, then press a button, and boom everyone would die.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The teacher allegedly made the remarks during an Aug. 16 lockdown drill, police said. Authorities interviewed and obtained statements from at least 16 students regarding the alleged comments.

The teacher was taken into custody Monday under Florida’s Baker Act and transported to a mental health facility in Lakeland, The Ledger reported. The Baker Act allows for the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual.

The teacher also allegedly said “he would personally place a bomb in the corner the students were in,” according to one student.

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