Substitute teacher arrested in Alabama after gun fires in class

Henry Weaver, 74, of Blountsville

Police have arrested a substitute teacher in Alabama after his gun went off in a first-grade classroom.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 3:57 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2019 8:53 PM

BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Police have arrested a substitute teacher in Alabama after his gun went off in a first-grade classroom.

No one was injured in the incident Friday. But authorities tell news outlets that 72-year-old Henry Rex Weaver is in custody and will face charges.

Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon says students were in the classroom with Weaver at Blountsville Elementary School when a gun that was in his pocket discharged.

Administrators were alerted, and the man was detained until authorities arrived.

Moon says he is concerned that a substitute teacher brought a firearm to school. He says the minimum charge in the case is reckless endangerment, which is a misdemeanor under state law.

Records aren't yet available to show whether Weaver has a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Article Comments

Huntsville
Overcast
74° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 74°
Florence
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 75°
Fayetteville
Overcast
72° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 72°
Decatur
Scattered Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 74°
Scottsboro
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 73°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Community Events