An upstate New York school district has decided to temporarily suspend having an armed guard in schools after the district’s resource officer accidentally fired his gun in a hallway during classes.
In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre last year, the Highland Central School District began assigning an armed police officer to guard students at area schools.
While classes were in session at Highland High School around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the officer, who was identified as Sean McCutcheon, accidentally discharged his weapon.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident.
It’s not immediately known what the officer was doing at the time the Glock .45-caliber pistol was discharged.
McCutcheon, who is an officer in the Lloyd Police Department, has been suspended without pay and the program has been placed on hold temporarily while authorities investigate the incident.
Officer McCutcheon, who is a part-time officer, rotates his time between the districts three schools.