School safety officer fired for pointing fake gun at student


Getty Images: Policeman’s equipment belt holding his weapon, handcuffs and communication radio.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A school safety officer in Florida has been fired after authorities say he pointed a “realistic replica firearm” at a special needs student’s head.

The Duval County School Board voted Tuesday to fire 31-year-old Joshua Gwynes for misconduct.

The Florida Times-Union reports the incident happened April 30 at Ribault High School in Jacksonville. District officials say the student was an 11th grader who suffered cognitive deficiencies. A notice sent by the board to Gwynes in late October said his conduct was “deemed unacceptable.”

Gwynes has the opportunity to appeal the decision.


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