SANFORD - Less than two months before he killed himself and his family, a Heathrow man proudly described himself as a "card carrying concealed weapons holder"
in an email to Seminole County's schools chief.
John "J.D." Wood, who was found dead along his wife and two children Monday, complained in an April email to Seminole School Superintendent Bill Vogel about a decision to keep a teacher who brought a gun to Heathrow Elementary School in 2007.
"I believe we as parents have the right and the obligation to voice our concerns when we believe there is a decision being made that has the potential to tremendously impact our children," Wood wrote in an email the Sentinel obtained today.
Wood identified himself as an advocate for children's rights and as the executive director of the Orlando chapter of Stand Up For Kids, a group that helps homeless and at-risk youths.
Investigators think Wood, 41, shot his wife, Cynthia, 40 and two children -- Dillon, 10, and Aubrey, 12 -- before turning the gun on himself.
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said the family faced financial troubles, though friends have said they were not aware of any problems.
Aubrey attended Markham Woods Middle School.
Dillon attended Heathrow Elementary School, where a teacher, Michele McGhee, was arrested in December 2007 after bringing a loaded handgun on campus.
A secretary found the gun after it fell out of McGhee's book cart in the school parking lot. McGhee said she accidently gathered up the snub-nosed .38-caliber revolver with her school work.
She was suspended without pay and Vogel recommended that she be terminated. McGhee appealed to the state Division of Administrative Hearings and a judge said termination was too harsh of a penalty.
That didn't set well with Wood, who described himself in an email as a "card carrying concealed weapons and firearm license holder" and concerned parent.
He asked in the email to Vogel what he was supposed to tell his son about "that teacher that deservingly lost her job for carrying a gun to school..."
"Well you'll be passing her in the hallways today so just try to smile and not think about it.' Wouldn't you be saying to our kids, 'it's okay to bring a loaded gun to school..." he wrote.
Wood called himself the executive director of the Orlando chapter of Stand Up For Kids, but the national office of the organization in Atlanta said the Orlando branch has been inactive for about eight months.
The organization has 43 programs in 23 states. Volunteers "take, find, stabilize and assist homeless and street kids in their efforts to approve their lives," according to the organization's Web site.
He also asked Vogel: "Why could we not find an administrative position in your office where this teacher could still continue to have a career but I would not be wondering if there's a loaded firearm within a few feet of my son..."
Vogel sent an e-mail to Wood about an hour later, explaining the position of the administrative law judge and pointing out McGhee lost about $90,000 between the time she was suspended and when she is to return in August.
"Asking the School Board to overrule the administrative law judge and terminate Ms. McGhee would only have prolonged the matter at additional unjustifiable legal expense to the School Board," Vogel wrote.