Rockwood substitute teacher brings Taser to class, will not face charges


by Staff

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 28 at 5:44 PM

ROCKWOOD, Mo. (KMOV) – A substitute teacher who brought a stun gun to a Rockwood School District classroom will not face criminal investigation.

The incident happened Wednesday at Kehrs Mill Elementary School in Chesterfield. Principal Christina Garland wrote to parents that a substitute teacher brought a Taser into a fifth-grade class.

School officials said they removed the teacher and the weapon from the class before bringing in a second substitute teacher to take over the classroom.

Officials did not release how the weapon was discovered or if the teacher displayed it in any way. No one was hurt.

In a letter sent home with the students, Principal Dr. Christina Garland says the Rockwood School District is investigating this incident and will take appropriate action according to their policies. That’s apparently where the case will end because police are not pursuing the matter.

Chesterfield Capt. Steven Lewis says the woman carried the Taser for personal protection and admitted to poor judgment in bringing it into a classroom.

The classroom’s regular teacher returned on Thursday.


Below is the letter sent home to the students regarding this incident:

Dear Kehrs Mill Parents:
I am writing to inform you of a situation that occurred this morning in your child’s fifth-grade classroom, and share the steps that were taken in response.
This morning, we became aware that a substitute teacher brought a Taser to school. Upon learning of this, we immediately removed the Taser and substitute teacher from the classroom.  Another substitute teacher was assigned to the classroom for the remainder of the school day. Rockwood is conducting an investigation and will take the appropriate action according to District policies and procedures.
It is important to note that any weapon at school is considered serious and cannot be tolerated.  Ms. Fridley-Hagenbrock returns to her classroom tomorrow. Thursday, Feb. 28.  As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Christina Garland
The Associated Press contributed to this report.