Commentary by Attorney Sam Spital, Criminal Defense Lawyer:
“NBC Channel 7 digital news reported on February 12, 2013 that Ted Walker, a 41 year old teacher at Farb Middle School as well as a ten year employee of the San Diego Unified School District, faces felony charges of possession of a firearm and a knife with a locking blade on school grounds. Parents were surprised when they learned of the arrest after being notified by email, telephone and/or via the internet. An investigation is currently being conducted to determine how long Walker had been carrying a concealed weapon and whether he has a permit to do so. Other details were not revealed by law enforcement, including the motivation of the teacher and whether any others at the school carry any weapons for protection.
In recent months, there has been a redoubled awareness of the continued and escalating violence at schools; as a result the issue of administrators and teachers being able to obtain a concealed gun permit besides school police carrying a weapon has been reported throughout the country. On the one hand this will require adequate training of such individuals as well as establishing guidelines for storing of guns and/or weapons, while on the other hand legislators and pundits have opined gun-free zones make schools in general and the public in particular easy targets for those that are prone to crime and violence.”
An English teacher was placed on probation for three years for bringing a gun to school. He pleaded guilty to one count of carrying a loaded firearm into a school zone, which is a felony charge.
The teacher faces two venues: the Superior Court for the criminal offense of which he was convicted and the State for his teaching credential. This is standard practice for anyone in California who has a professional and/or occupational license, certificate, permit or teaching credential.
The dual jurisdiction is not the only consequences. In some cases, the Federal criminal statutes can be used and a case is brought in US District Court; in some cases there is also civil liability.
Commentary by Sam Spital, San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer and California State License Defense Attorney
Pit bulls are known as dangerous, unpredictable dogs, so when a San Diego man admitted to shooting one, it sparked a debate.
Lee Pattison, a 24-year-old Navy diver, was on the sidewalk when he said that a pit bull across the street broke loose from his tether and attacked his Husky dog, Bolt. Pattison said that he punched the pit bull several times, during which time it bit him on the thigh. Pattison went inside to get his shotgun and eventually, after hitting the pit bull with the butt of the gun several times, shot and killed the dog.
Pit bulls have a rabid following of people who maintain that they are misunderstood animals. The real issue here, though, is animal control. No matter what type of dog a pet owner may have, they should keep it on a leash or fenced in when outside. It is negligent to let a pet run around, especially when it has the potential to injure another pet or person. The debate about pit bull dogs and their somewhat uncertain and possible propensity to bite, though some seem loving and gentle during other times, will undoubtedly continue as long as these pets are not properly safeguarded to prevent any attack or harm to others, including another animal.