A middle school teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, has been charged and arrested for carrying a gun at school, according to local reports.
Officials say science teacher Jason Adams was “immediately detained by security personnel” following the revelation that he had violated school policy by bringing a concealed weapon onto public school grounds.
Police told local newspapers that an investigation has revealed that Adams had a valid weapons permit, but was charged with a class D felony for possession of a weapon on school grounds. He has since been placed on leave pending the results of the investigation.
"This matter is very serious and troubling, both the Newtown Public School system and the Newtown Police Department took immediate steps to address the matter,” a spokesman for the school system said in a statement.
Newtown was infamously the site of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, where on December 14, 2012, 20-year-old gunmen Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children aged 6- to 7-years-old along with six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Sandy Hook Promise, a group comprising family members’ of victims of the 2012 shooting that now advocates for gun violence prevention, issued a statement expressing disappointment that a gun would be found in school in Newtown.
"We are dismayed that this could happen in a school, especially one in a community as traumatized as Newtown,” the statement read.
The group also praised local officials’ response to the incident.
“We commend the Newtown Police Department and Newtown Public Schools for their thoughtful handling of the arrest of science teacher Jason Adams for violating the law by bringing a weapon onto school grounds," they wrote.
Adams, 46, did not immediately respond to calls for comment. He was released without posting bail and is set to appear in court on April 20.