Bartow teacher fired for having gun in car in school parking lot -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Bartow teacher fired for having gun in car in school parking lot
February 14, 2008
BARTOW - A central Florida teacher has been fired because he kept a handgun in his truck in the school parking lot.
The Polk County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to fire 51-year-old Phillip Bradley. He taught truck mechanics at the Ridge Career Center in Winter Haven when the 9mm handgun was found in his truck in the school lot last spring.
A hearing officer had recommended just a 90-day suspension, but School Board members said that would have set a bad example for students.
Bradley said he was sorry for his students. He also said he felt as if the board was making an example of him in an election year.
He was carrying the gun legally. He was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, but that charge was dropped in June.
I can't stand school boards...