Officials say an elementary school teacher from Utah who was carrying a concealed firearm at school accidentally shot herself in the leg in the faculty bathroom when her weapon discharged.
Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsely says the gun went off shortly before class started Thursday a little before 9 a.m. at Westbrook Elementary School, in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville in Utah. He says the teacher was severely injured when the bullet shot through her leg, and she was immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment. The bullet entered and exited her leg.No other faculty or students were in the area when the gun went off. Officials are still investigating how the gun was discharged.
Horsely wouldn’t release details about the elementary school teacher or what grade she taught, but he says she was carrying the weapon legally with a concealed firearm permit.
Utah law allows teachers and anyone else with a concealed firearm permit to wear a gun in a public school, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Utah teachers are allowed to carry guns, however the weapons must be completely concealed and kept with the teacher at all times, including inside a bathroom stall, according to the state office of education.
Educators have said they have no way of determining how many Utah teachers are armed, but gun-rights advocates estimate that 1 percent, or about 240 teachers in the state are licensed to carry weapons, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Classes were proceeding as normal as possible, Horsely said. A substitute teacher was brought in for the teacher’s class.
Elementary School Teacher Accidentally Shoots Herself In Faculty Bathroom