- The Washington Times
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Police arrested a Newtown middle school teacher Wednesday after he was found carrying a gun at school. 

Science teacher Jason Adams had a pistol on him inside Newtown Middle School. Mr. Adams does have a permit to carry the weapon, but Connecticut state law does not allow for guns on school property. 

Police showed up around 9 a.m. after school officials called to report Mr. Adam’s concealed gun, the Hartford Courant reported

Mr. Adams, 46, was immediately arrested and later charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, a class D felony. 

School officials said that Mr. Adams was placed on leave pending the results of their investigation, the Hartford Courant reported. 

“This matter is very serious and troubling. Both the Newtown Public School system and the Newtown Police Department took immediate steps to address the matter. The teacher was immediately detained by security personnel,” the school system said in a statement.

“Both agencies have been working closely together to investigate the incident and are taking precautions to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff and community members,” the school system added.

Mr. Adams was released without posting bail and was scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on April 20. 

In December 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, killing 20 first-grade students and six adults. 

Sandy Hook Promise, a group formed by several victims’ parents after the 2012 shooting, said in a statement: “We are dismayed that this could happen in a school, especially one in a community as traumatized as Newtown. We commend the Newtown Police Department and Newtown Public Schools for their thoughtful handling of the arrest of science teacher Jason Adams for violating the law by bringing a weapon onto school grounds.”

It is unclear why Mr. Adams brought the gun to school. 

“We disagree with the law as far as permit holders not being able to carry on school grounds,” said Scott Wilson, president of Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a group that advocates for gun owners’ rights, the Hartford Courant reported. “However, the law is the law and hopefully this person had the intent to protect students from harm’s way in a worst-case scenario.”

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