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West Virginia teacher accused of having loaded gun at school

September 6, 2019

RICHWOOD, W.Va. (AP) — A teacher is accused of bringing a loaded gun to her West Virginia school.

News outlets report 34-year-old Shana Knight has been arrested and charged with possessing a deadly weapon at an educational facility. A Nicholas County sheriff’s statement released Thursday says that the Cherry River Elementary teacher was arrested after authorities began investigating a complaint about the firearm last week.

Court documents say the gun was a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver. The documents and the sheriff’s statement don’t include a possible motive or say where the gun was on school property.

State law prohibits possessing a firearm on a school bus or on the grounds of any primary or secondary educational facility, unless the facility is private and has a written policy allowing firearms. It says the prohibition doesn’t apply in some circumstances, such as when the firearm carrier is an active or retired law enforcement officer who meets all carrying requirements. Violating the law could result in a state prison term of up to 10 years and a $5,000 fine.

Schools Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick says the school board is following all applicable policies, but she can’t discuss the investigation. Knight has since posted bail and been released. She and her lawyer have declined to comment.

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