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Newtown teacher charged with bringing gun to middle school campus

Posted: 3:24 PM, Apr 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-06 15:24:00-04
Jason Adams was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. (Newtown Police)

Jason Adams was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. (Newtown Police)

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A Newtown middle school teacher was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought a gun to the school.

Police were called to Newtown Middle School around 9 a.m., after reports that a school employee was seen carrying a firearm.

“This matter is very serious and troubling, both the Newtown Public School system and the Newtown Police Department took immediate steps to address the matter," read a statement from the Newtown School System.

Jason Adams, an eighth-grade science teacher, was detained and arrested. Police say Adams violated a school policy by bringing a firearm to the campus.

Adams was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. He was placed on leave while an investigation is conducted.

"Both agencies have been working closely together to investigate the incident and are taking precautions to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff and community members," a statement from the school system said.

In 2012, a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 students and six adults.