Cop, Who's Also A Teacher, In Trouble For Having Weapon Locked In Classroom

The suspended Rancho Cucamonga teacher is also an Irwindale reserve police officer.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – A longtime California teacher and part-time law enforcement officer has been placed on administrative leave, after school administrators discovered he was keeping a firearm locked in a cabinet in his classroom.

The Rancho Cucamonga High School anatomy teacher has been instructing students for the past 22 years, his friend, Ashley Biering, explained in an online petition.

He formerly served as a full-time officer with the San Gabriel Police Department, and is currently a part-time reserve officer with the Irwindale Police Department, she said.

Biering, a survivor of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival mass shooting, said that the now-suspended teacher “ran back into a war zone” on the day of the attack and that he heroically “saved many lives.”

He even carried one wounded man on his back for a mile to help get him to safety, Biering told KCAL.

Biering said the teacher is a proven hero, and that he is exactly who she would want to have protecting her own children in the event of a mass shooting.

But when school administrators discovered that the teacher was keeping a concealed weapon locked up in his classroom on Tuesday, he was immediately stripped of his duty weapon and [school] badge and was placed on administrative leave.

“They paraded him through campus, in front of his son who is a sophomore at the school, like he was a criminal,” Biering said told Yahoo Lifestyle.

“[The teacher] is in tears over this, but he’s trying to stand strong," she added.

In accordance with California state law, the teacher is legally permitted to carry a firearm in school because he is also a peace officer, Biering noted in the petition.

“It’s an added protection that can stop a school shooter without having to wait for police,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “As a teacher who is also a police officer, why wouldn’t he have one?”

Biering said that the longtime educator is also a mentor and friend to many local students.

“He is highly regarded amongst his [colleagues] and faculty members, and [does] not deserve this form of treatment by school officials and the district,” the petition read. “Without him a great asset will be lost within our community.”

The petition has garnered nearly 8,400 signatures so far.

Chaffey United School District Superintendent Mathew Holton said that “the teacher would not face any criminal penalty for possessing a firearm on school premises,” according to KCAL.

“Nonetheless, the district maintains a policy regulation that prohibits any employee, with the exception of the district’s Director of Safety and campus officers, from bringing firearms onto school premises,” Holton reiterated.

Students, parents, and other Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting survivors plan to protest the teacher’s suspension outside Rancho Cucamonga High School on Friday morning.

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rwingjr
rwingjr

He apparently did nothing illegal, so he should not have been escorted out in front of his child or students. He may have broken a school policy and be subject to discipline, but that is a personnel matter and has to be handled privately. Sounds like the teacher/cop has grounds for a lawsuit if he decides to. That said, I understand exactly why he feels the way he does. He probably should have asked or notified the school first.

Jones24
Jones24

The school systems are nuts!

gvinny67
gvinny67

It's CommieFornia!

What do you expect?!

CrimeDoc
CrimeDoc

I bet many of the students are armed...it’s California.

walkintall
walkintall

Another slice of idiocy from that crap-fest once known as the Golden State.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This could only happen in California, the anti-police state.👎

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I thought the Californian motto was "The Unarmed State"?!?! I don't see what the problem is here.

Wish505
Wish505

No law was broken, legal carry per CA law. time to contact a good attorney and start bending these liberal school admin officials over and shake the pocket change out of there pockets.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

So he knew the rules and still broke them? He should be fired like anyone else. What's the problem?

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

The Governor is the biggest problem. He's just lining his pockets and bank accounts with under table money like the other Legislators of this country.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good on you teacher. The story would’ve been different if Something happened and they needed your help they will never learn. You know the theory on cops nobody cares about them until you need them.

Caddis
Caddis

The superintendent said he would not face any criminal charges? As a supposedly supervisor of teachers, how can you say a stupid thing like that when he hasn't broken any law that's prosecutable. No wonder why our schools are screwed up.

RPG156
RPG156

When a liberal group disarms a good guy, they embolden and empower the bad guys. This policy and administration is stupid AF.

Wasiechu
Wasiechu

So state law says he’s legal. School “policy” says he’s not. Tell me, which wins out, the law or a “policy.”

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

Nonsense. He is a Police Officer. Although I would have thought better of it had he concealed it on his person. Here we go with the ultra liberal democrat school administration. I hope he sued them and gets his job back.