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School Resource Officer Accidentally Leaves Gun Belt In Bathroom Stall

Posted December 18, 2000

— A Nash County school resource officer is on a new beat after she left her gun belt hanging in a bathroom stall.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office will not release the name of the deputy, but they have confirmed that she left her gun and belt hanging in the girls' bathroom at Nash Central Junior High School. Two students found it a few minutes later.

"They immediately went and got a teacher and brought the teacher back," says Maj. Richard Jenkins of the Nash County Sheriff's Office. "The teacher retrieved the weapon and took it to the principal's office."

Luckily, no one was hurt. Deputies and school leaders say the girls who found the gun did the right thing by staying away from it and getting a teacher to take it out of the bathroom.

"I commended them over the intercom system, talking to them about character and responsibility, and how important it is for all of us to look out for each other here at school," says principal Leroy Hartsfield.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office says the officer has owned up to the mistake and was pulled from the job the day the incident happened. She has also been restricted from working in any Nash County school. A new resource officer is already at the school.

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