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Report over gun in school has Seminole Co. school leaders in trouble

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Updated: 7/31/2013 9:31 am
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. -- The Seminole County School District has put three elementary school leaders on leave after learning a child brought a gun to school twice.

It's something parents of Hamilton Elementary School students just can't believe.

"[It] hurts actually, because I wouldn't think that any of them would do that," said parent Melissa Fernandez.

"I think [these are] three people who just really failed," said attorney Jed Main.

Main represents an anonymous school employee who blew the whistle that led to the investigation after a fourth-grade student managed to bring an unloaded gun to school in a backpack two days in a row in May.

According to a newly released investigation, another student reported the gun to a behavior specialist who waited five hours to do anything.

The report said the student with the gun was allowed to go home and the specialist didn't immediately notify the assistant principal.

The report said that the assistant principal didn't come to school the next morning to investigate, but instead went to a local country club awards breakfast.

According to the report, it wasn't until 1 p.m. the following day that the gun was found in the student's backpack.

"Obviously there was a breakdown, a huge breakdown in this situation," said Main.

School Principal Greg Turner was out of town when the incident happened. But he, too, is facing losing his job too because the investigation found he didn't have the proper emergency response plans in place and he didn't notify his supervisor when he learned of the situation.

WFTV Channel 9's Kenneth Craig attempted to contact the three school leaders. The only response he received was from Turner, who said he was disappointed.

Video: WFTV Orlando
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