Ex-teacher headed to trial for loaded gun left in school restroom

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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A central Pennsylvania teacher is headed to trial for accidentally leaving a pistol in a school restroom.

Beth Dixon, 63, of St. Thomas, waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday on counts of endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment, according to court records.

By waiving the hearing, Dixon didn’t admit guilt but conceded there’s enough evidence for trial.

Dixon removed the loaded pistol but kept it holstered while using a restroom Aug. 25 at Cumberland Valley Christian School. She placed it 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.

The school had no gun policy before the incident, but now asks teachers not to bring guns on the property without the approval of the administration.

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