Former Kokomo teacher arrested for stashing gun in classroom ceiling
A former teacher has been arrested on charges of taking a gun to school. It was recovered in the ceiling above the tiles in a classroom at the Kokomo Area Career Center.
Police believe Christopher Johnson put it there last year when he worked at the school. The gun belongs to Johnson's ex-wife. School officials alerted police after finding the gun on Friday, March 8, 2013. A Kokomo Police officer, who was on site serving as a school liaison officer, responded and secured the weapon. No one was injured.
Johnson, who turned himself in Tuesday, is charged with a felony of carrying a gun on school property and a criminal recklessness misdemeanor.
Johnson taught Criminal Justice at the local career center for about five years. His final day of teaching in a career center classroom was in May 2012.
When questioned by police, Johnson was vague about how the weapon was brought into the school and taken into the classroom. He said it would have been logical that he placed the weapon in the ceiling to keep it away from students.
"It is rather unfortunate that this disconcerting situation was created by the irresponsible acts of one individual. This atypical behavior certainly does not reflect the professionalism displayed daily by the hardworking teachers and staff of Kokomo-Center," said Kokomo-Center Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Hauswald, who thanked Chief of Police Robert Baker and his staff.
All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.