Cops: Teacher Left Gun In Bathroom, Elementary Kids Found It

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A teacher at a Christian school accidently left her loaded pistol in a bathroom, where elementary school children found it, state police said Tuesday.

Beth Jean Dixon, 63, put her holstered pistol on a toilet tank when she used the unisex, one-toilet bathroom Aug. 25 at Cumberland Christian School, in Chambersburg, police said. They said she forgot about it and left.

Four children, ages 6 to 8, used the bathroom while the gun was on the toilet. One child told his parent, who told a teacher.

Dixon informed administrators of what happened and immediately resigned from the school, police said.

No one was injured.

Before the incident, the school did not have any policies regarding guns on school grounds, the Rev. Mike Sanders, the school president, told the Public Opinion newspaper. School officials have now created a policy banning weapons unless they are approved by the administration.

“This could have been tragic,” Sanders told the newspaper. He said the incident could be a teachable moment for parents to discuss with children the importance of reporting a weapon if they see one.

Dixon has been charged with crimes including reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.

No attorney information or phone listing was available for her.

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  1. David Colton says:

    Geez! The Liberals will have a field day with this. Q: I have carried a weapon, (both on/off duty.) I have NEVER “forgot” to put my weapon back on after using the head, (Bathroom.) How does one forget they are carrying a weapon??
    I hope this isn’t what I have to look forward to!

    1. David Colton says:

      Can’t edit with this “new & improved” CBS site. (Bring back Disqus!)
      SHOULD have said..”both on/off duty for over 30 years.

    2. Rem Lan says:

      Your concept of your own ability, and your perceived predictive capability isn’t what gun regulation is about. Imagine yourself to be perfect all you want, but in reality, no one is.

      And yes, anyone with a rational understanding of gun control will have a field day with this, as it’s another example. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2015/01/good_guy_with_a_gun_myth_guns_increase_the_risk_of_homicide_accidents_suicide.html

  2. A: Because there is no IQ test for carrying guns. Any idiot can do it and half the people in the country are of below average intelligence.

  3. Just another example of how the NRA’s “well-regulated militia” make our schoolchildren safer!

  4. Dean Fuller says:

    The woman has a fundamental human right to self defense, no matter who she is or where she is. This is a minor mistake that shouldn’t be held against her or anyone else.

    1. Seriously? Minor? You think leaving a loaded gun unattended around 8 YO kids minor? Dude, if you can’t keep track of your gun, you shouldn’t be carrying a gun.

    2. Rem Lan says:

      A minor mistake? Well you’ve just sacrificed any ability to claim concern for the safety of others, morality, the health of the society or to have an objective view on any of those. Well played.

  5. How on earth is this considered a minor mistake? Who takes off their gun when peeing? Who forgets their gun and leaves it in the restroom? In an elementary school? And we wonder why people become anti-gun???

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