A Florida principal faces criminal charges for allegedly leaving a pair of firearms in a Parkland college lecture hall, three miles from the site of one of the deadliest school shootings in the world. history of the United States.
Geyler Herrera-Castro, 39, reportedly brought the guns to Somerset Parkland Academy at 8401 University Drive.
Faculty members found the weapons on June 2 in a lecture hall easily accessible to students and alerted a school security officer with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, according to police records cited by WPLG Local 10.
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The pistols and two loaded magazines were in a soft zippered pouch with handles. There was no lock on the pouch or trigger on the guns, authorities said.
The manager admitted the guns were hers and said she had them in her car to take to the post office and put them in a safe.
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She claimed another staff member who helped her unload the car that morning may have accidentally brought them to school.
But officials reviewed surveillance video, which showed Herrera-Castro was the only person who accessed his car from May 16 to June 2.
Investigators believe Herrera-Castro “systematically and voluntarily” brought the weapons to campus, according to the police report.
The gunport director’s alleged conduct surfaced publicly this week amid Parkland School shooter Nikolas Cruz’s penalty trial.
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He massacred 17 people on February 14, 2018 with an AR-15 type rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a five-minute drive from the Herrera-Castro school.
Herrera-Castro is charged with two misdemeanor counts of possession of a weapon on school property and one count of crimes against a person. She had a concealed carry permit.
She is still listed on the school’s website as the principal. She did not immediately return a request for comment.