Teacher takes plea after gun discharges at school
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah schoolteacher whose gun accidentally went off in an elementary school bathroom is agreeing to pay a fine and take a firearm-safety class as part of a plea deal.
Authorities say Michelle Montgomery has already paid $200 to replace a toilet that exploded when her gun discharged in the faculty bathroom on Sept. 11.
The misdemeanor of illegal discharge of a gun will be dismissed if she pays court fees and commits no new crimes over the next year.
The 39-year-old former Westbrook Elementary School teacher holds a concealed weapons permit and is allowed to have a gun at school under Utah law, which prohibits administrators from asking if teachers carry guns.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that police say the gun went off after she put it on top of a toilet-paper dispenser.
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