Teacher charged for loaded gun left in school restroom

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A central Pennsylvania teacher is charged with endangering the welfare of children after police say she accidentally left a pistol in a school restroom.

Beth Dixon, 63, of St. Thomas, removed the loaded pistol but kept it holstered while using a restroom Aug. 25 at Cumberland Valley Christian School. She placed it in on the tank of a toilet and forgot it there, state police in Chambersburg said.

Police said four children ages 6-8 used the restroom while the pistol remained on the toilet tank. The last child to see it told his parent, who reported the gun to another teacher.

At that point, police say Dixon remembered leaving the pistol in the restroom and retrieved it. She called a school administrator to tell him what happened, and she voluntarily resigned from her job at the private school in Hamilton Township.

No one was hurt.

No policy on guns was in place before the incident, but the school now asks teachers not to bring guns on the property without the approval of the administration.

Pastor Mike Sanders, who runs the school, became upset with ABC27 News and refused to do an interview because we tried talking to parents of students, which he did not want us to do.

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