Lebanon Teacher Brings Gun to School is Charged

School officials in Lebanon released a statement following an incident involving teacher Chad Thomas, 41 in which Thomas was charged with bringing a gun to school

Thomas has been charged with Possess Weapon On School Property , a misdemeanor, for bringing a weapon and leaving it on school property where it was later found by a custodian. Thomas currently awaits a preliminary hearing before  Magisterial District Judge Thomas M. Issue Capello.

Last Thursday, on April 12, 2018, a gun was found on our middle school property after school hours when our custodial team cleaned the building. This weapon belonged to a teacher, who mistakenly brought it on school property and had it stored within a protective case. Once found, proper protocols were followed and it was immediately reported to local authorities for investigation.

We were fully cooperative with local authorities to maintain the integrity of the investigation, which meant we have been unable to comment on the investigation. Now that charges have been filed, the District will continue to cooperate with the process if and when called upon.

Most importantly, it should be known that at no time were staff or students in harm’s way. The safety of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us. We will continue to monitor our schools to ensure we have the safest environments to educate our students.

We do not condone this teachers’ behavior, and we will continue to work with local authorities, comply with State reporting requirements, and the teacher will remain removed from all District buildings indefinitely until the District has a better understanding of how legal proceedings may conclude.