Published On: Sat, Jan 19th, 2013

Clark Arnold, security guard hired after Sandy Hook, leaves gun in bathroom

Michigan education officials admit their newly hired armed security guard left his gun in a charter school bathroom, but they don’t see any reason to make an issue out of it.

“It’s almost like no harm no foul,” said Lapeer County Prosecutor Byron Konschuh noting that since none of the children attending kindergarten through eighth grade at the school were injured the incident would not result in criminal charges.

Clark Arnold security guard leaves gun bathroom

Clark Arnold had barely been on the job a week when he left his unloaded handgun unattended in a school bathroom

Chatfield School officials announced last week that they had hired retired county sheriff Clark Arnold to serve as Chatfield’s armed security officer.

“It’s a tremendous asset to the safety of the students,” Chatfield School Director Matt Young told WNEM. “Providing a safe environment and an atmosphere where parents are comfortable, students are comfortable, and feel safe so that they can focus on learning.”

But just days later, school officials revealed to The Flint Journal that Arnold had “made a breach in security protocol” by leaving his unloaded gun in a school restroom “for a few moments.”

Young declined to comment to The Flint Journal on repercussions for Arnold, citing “personnel” reasons, but said in a statement that additional security measures have been implemented and no students were involved or affected by the incident.

“The school has put additional security procedures in place that follow local law enforcement practices and guidelines,’ Young said in a statement. ‘At no time was any student involved in this breach of protocol. We will continue to work on improving school security.”

He stressed that no children were exposed to the handgun.



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