Teacher drives to school with BB rifle on car
Rene Stutzman | Sentinel Staff Writer
11:33 AM EST, December 21, 2007
"A second-grade teacher at Forest City Elementary School in Altamonte Springs has been placed on leave after he, by mistake, drove to school with a Red Rider BB rifle on top of his station wagon.
Jon Diesbourg was sent home yesterday after being questioned by Altamonte Springs police.
He told them his wife had used the BB gun to separate pet pigs because they had gotten into a fight. She had set the rifle down on his Ford Escort station wagon, and he, unknowingly drove it to work, according to police.
The BB gun was still there, on or near the car's luggage rack, when a parent spotted it yesterday on school property. A school official then called police.
The teacher, a 31-year district veteran, was not arrested. Police asked the state attorney's office to determine whether any laws had been broken.
School district spokeswoman Regina Klaes said the district was doing it's own investigation. She said it is a violation of district policy for an employee to have a weapon on school grounds.
The district investigation, she said, would determine whether the BB gun is a weapon.
Diesbourg is on a paid leave of absence, she said."