Newtown Teacher Charged With Bringing Gun To School Resigns

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The Newtown Middle School teacher who was arrested after carrying a loaded weapon to work back in early April has resigned, according to the WLAD website. 

Jason Adams

Jason Adams

Photo Credit: Newtown Police Department

Jason Adams, a 46-year-old science teacher, did not provide a reason for his resignation in his letter to the school superintendent, WLAD said. 

Adams, who has a valid pistol permit, was arrested April 7 after a Newtown Middle School employee told security personnel that Adams appeared to have a weapon concealed under his clothing, according to Newtown police.

Newtown police arrested Adams and charged him with possession of a weapon on school property, a felony. Police said he violated state law and district policy forbidding the possession of firearms on school grounds.

According to WLAD, Adams has applied for accelerated rehabilitation and is due back in Danbury Superior Court on Aug. 16.

Newtown Middle School, at 11 Middle St., is less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed three years ago. At the time of his arrest, the Newtown Public School District said Adams had been placed on administrative leave with pay.

At the time of his arrest, the co-founders of the Sandy Hook Promise released a statement expressing shock at the incident. 

“We are dismayed that this could happen in a school, especially one in a community as traumatized as Newtown. 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,” Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden said in the statement.

Both are parents of children slain at Sandy Hook School in December 2012.

Click here to read the story at the WLAD website. 

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