Stoneman Douglas Teacher Who Pushed for Guns in Schools Arrested for Leaving His Gun in a Bathroom


A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher who said he’d be willing to arm himself while in the classroom has been arrested for reportedly forgetting his loaded Glock 9mm in a public restroom.

Sean Simpson, 43, left his loaded firearm in a bathroom stall at the Deerfield Beach Pier on Sunday, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

“He told me that he was in the beach pier bathroom stall using the bathroom for a [bowel] movement,” an officer wrote in the department’s official report, which was provided to Splinter. Simpson apparently removed the gun from his body while he sat at the toilet and forgot to retrieve the weapon on his way out.

Simpson realized he had forgotten his gun “less than five minutes later,” according to the police report. When he went back to grab the gun he found that a homeless man had already taken the gun and fired it into a wall.

Shortly after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas, Simpson said he would be willing to arm himself while teaching, according to the Miami Herald.

Simpson was arrested and charged with failing to safely store a firearm, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released after posting a $250 cash bond.

A spokeswoman for the Broward County School Board said the district is not expected to take disciplinary action against him, according to WPLG.

Splinter published a story in March identifying at least 13 cases since 2014 where students, teachers, and police officers who were licensed to carry forgot their guns in restrooms at K–12 schools and universities.

Read the full police report below.

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