In light of the Camden County Grand Jury's free pass given to school teachers who leave their guns in their UNLOCKED vehicles, the BOE is extending this privilege to all residents of Camden County.
One day only, Friday May 14, 2010.
Please feel free to pack guns, ammo, grenades, rocket launchers, and anything else you can fit into your car.
Remember, you must be a teacher, Because teacher has it's privilege!!
Now folks for those of you who can't see the humor, this really isn't going to happen.
I have to say that because there would be some dumb ex cop or teacher that would think I was serious.
But on to the serious stuff.
Even though the grand jury refuse to prosecute this teacher, and the law does state that the guns must be locked up inside the vehicle.
Here is the law the Grand Jury quoted:
(17) Teachers and other school personnel who are otherwise authorized to possess or carry weapons, provided that any such weapon is in a locked compartment of a motor vehicle or one which is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle;
and here is the punishment:
(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry to or to possess or have under such person's control while within a school safety zone or at a school building, school function, or school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school any weapon or explosive compound, other than fireworks the possession of which is regulated by Chapter 10 of Title 25. Any person who violates this subsection shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.00, by imprisonment for not less than two nor more than ten years, or both; provided, however, that upon conviction of a violation of this subsection involving a firearm as defined in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-131, or a dangerous weapon or machine gun as defined in Code Section 16-11-121, such person shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or by imprisonment for a period of not less than five nor more than ten years, or both. A child who violates this subsection shall be subject to the provisions of Code Section 15-11-63.
But on a much bigger note, this teacher may get his job back as stated in the Times Union:
School administrators said they were surprised to learn Mortier had the weapons in his car, saying the zero-tolerance weapons policy applies to everyone, including students and staff.
But District Attorney Stephen Kelley said there has to be criminal intent to charge a teacher for a weapons violation on school property.
"Georgia law does not have a zero-tolerance policy," he said.
Will Hardin, superintendent of Camden County schools said he was "surprised" by the decision.
When told state law allows teachers to bring weapons onto school property, Hardin said he was opposed to the legislation. He said Mortier could conceivably apply for a teaching position but wasn't certain he would be hired.
"He resigned," he said. "We've never had this before. There was no precedent."
So you can see that Dr Will is going to have a huge problem.
I can tell Dr. Will how to fix this problem and hire this good teacher back.
End the zero-tolerance rules across the board. When you have zero-tolerance rules, there is no room for honest mistakes or for plain stupidity.
END THE ZERO TOLERANCE RULES FOR GUNS, CELL PHONES, AND ANY OTHER CRAP THAT HAS THIS STUPID ZERO TOLERANCE RULE.