A teacher at a Christian school accidentally left her loaded pistol in a bathroom, where elementary school children found it, state police said Tuesday.
Beth Jean Dixon, 63, put her holstered pistol on a toilet tank when she used the unisex, one-toilet bathroom August 25 at Cumberland Christian School, in Chambersburg, police said. 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 Rev. Mike Sanders, the school president, told the Public Opinion newspaper. School officials have now created a policy banning weapons unless they are approved by the administration.
“This could have been tragic,” Sanders told the newspaper. He said the incident could be a teachable moment for parents to discuss with children the importance of reporting a weapon if they see one.
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.