Substitute teacher arrested after gun fires in Alabama classroom

Substitute teacher arrested after gun fires in Alabama classroom

Administrators were alerted, and the man was detained until authorities arrived

Police have arrested a substitute teacher in Alabama after his gun went off in a first-grade classroom.

No one was injured in the incident Friday. But authorities tell news outlets that 72-year-old Henry Rex Weaver is in custody and will face charges.

Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon says students were in the classroom with Weaver at Blountsville Elementary School when a gun that was in his pocket discharged.

Administrators were alerted, and the man was detained until authorities arrived.

Moon says he is concerned that a substitute teacher brought a firearm to school. He says the minimum charge in the case is reckless endangerment, which is a misdemeanour under state law.

Records aren’t yet available to show whether Weaver has a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

The Associated Press

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