Whoops! Teacher takes Civil War rifle to Bradenton school, prompts lockdown

Manatee County Sheriff's Office photo

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – When we hear about schools being placed on lockdown, it’s often because of police activity nearby.

But, a school lockdown happened in Manatee County Thursday morning for a very different reason.

Authorities say a teacher took a Civil War rifle to school. According to Michael Barber with the school district, the history teacher told the school resource officer he would have the rifle, which doesn’t shoot ammunition, at the school for a lesson plan. However, he did not notify the principal or assistant principal. Barber also says this teacher has taken the rifle to school several times for his lesson plan.

However, the teacher made a big mistake when he took the rifle out of his car. He didn’t conceal it and someone spotted the rifle and then called authorities.

Braden River Middle School and Braden River Elementary School were then placed on lockdown.

“What should happen,” says Barber, “is, if you’re going to bring something like that to school, first of all it should be in a case or something where someone could not misconstrue it as a weapon.”

The district is using this as a learning tool and will be reviewing procedures and protocol so something like this doesn’t happen again. The teacher will not be reprimanded, officials calling this an honest mistake.

The lockdowns were lifted around 9 a.m.

The schools are located on River Club Boulevard.

“All clear Braden River Middle School.Turned out to be teacher with antique rifle for class. Kudos to public for see something say something,” said the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter after the scare was over.

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