Elderly Christian school teacher left her loaded handgun in toilet, little kids found it

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2016, 11:51am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2016, 9:24pm

A teacher at a Pennsylvania Christian school accidentally left her loaded pistol in a bathroom, where elementary school children found it, state police said.

Beth Jean Dixon, 63, put her holstered pistol on a toilet tank when she used the unisex, one-toilet bathroom on August 25 at Cumberland Christian School, in Chambersburg, police said Tuesday. They said she forgot about it and left.

Four children, ages 6 to 8, used the bathroom while the gun was on the toilet. One child told his parent, who told a teacher.

Dixon informed administrators of what happened and immediately resigned from the school, police said.

No one was injured.

Before the incident, the school did not have any policies regarding guns on school grounds, the Reverend Mike Sanders, the school president, said Tuesday. School officials have now created a temporary policy banning weapons unless they are approved by the administration. It still must be approved by the school board, which meets again September 19.

“We’re thankful because it could have been a lot worse,” he said. He was heartened to learn the children’s parents had talked to them about never touching a weapon and telling an adult if they ever find one. He said he hoped the ordeal would encourage other parents to do the same.

Dixon has been charged with crimes including reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.

No attorney information or phone listing was available for her.