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Campbell teacher pleads in gun case



Published: Wed, November 20, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

By jeanne starmack

starmack@vindy.com

CAMPBELL

A Campbell Memorial High School teacher who had a gun in his car on school property settled his criminal case in court Tuesday with a plea to a lesser offense.

City police stopped Jason McCray, 36, an integrated-business teacher at the high school for the past six years, at Sixth Street and Blossom Avenue at 3:06 p.m. Nov. 8 and cited for going 34 mph in a 20 mph school zone, according to a police report.

During the stop, McCray told the officer he had a gun in his car and had a concealed-carry license. The gun was underneath the driver’s seat, the report says.

McCray told the officer he was a teacher and had just left work. He said the gun was in his car over his vacation.

The officer gave McCray back the gun because his permit was legal. Police, however, eventually charged McCray with conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon on school property, a fifth-degree felony.

“Mr. McCray broke the law, and that needs to be officially addressed,” said city Police Chief Drew Rauzan. “We want to spread the word that [if] anyone, under any circumstances, if for any reason, brings a weapon onto school property, including parking lots, they will be charged.”

Police issued a warrant for McCray’s arrest last week, and on Friday, prosecuting and defense attorneys worked out a summons so he could turn himself in on that warrant for the next court day, Rauzan said.

McCray turned himself in Tuesday, was arrested and booked, then appeared in municipal court to plead guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated trespassing, a first-degree misdemeanor.

A judge fined him $250 and gave him a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

He is to turn his gun in at the police department and will not get it back, Rauzan said.

Schools Superintendent Matthew Bowen said the district placed McCray on paid administrative leave Monday, and will schedule a formal disciplinary hearing that will include union representation for the teacher.

He said McCray has been “professional, cooperative and honest” about what was happening.

“We are following the process to the letter of the law,” Bowen said. “Our goal is to maintain a safe environment for our schoolchildren.”

The district also will report the case to the Ohio Department of Education, he said.

A statement Bowen issued says the district will not comment further until its investigation is finished.

McCray had no comment.


Comments

1southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That is rough, but rules must be enforced

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2allstar720(246 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I don't get it. Why would he ever have to say where he was coming from during a traffic stop?

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3samIam(211 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

For the sake of America's salvation PLEASE navigate your computer to> www.overcriminalized.com
There you will find the real reason that the United States continues to felonize people at a greater rate than Hitler,Stalin,Putin and Mao ALL COMBINED!!!!
Today there are over 110,000 alledged crimes that are now considered felonies!
In 1776 there were only 7 crimes considered to be serious enough to
rise to the definition of FELONY!
Stop the Felonization Agenda NOW!


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4ElPolloRetrasado(201 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

This is way overboard! First off, when some psychopath kid walks into the school shooting, the people who are entrusted to protect your kids throughout the day have no chance and the BS law is giving them less chance! Second, they are now taking his gun, a person who made a mistake, only by means of a stupid law, is getting his gun taken to make him more vulnerable to the hoods that could care less about gun laws. This is a classic vague law. The law is intended to keep guns off school property by people that have bad intentions, not law abiding citizens who have taken all the right steps to legally carry that weapon and has been nothing but forthright and honest. He could have just let the cop give him a ticket and been on his way but he is now getting slapped for being honest! This whole situation stinks of ridiculousness. There's your lesson for the day kids, don't be honest!

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5bgreene(129 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Person made a bad mistake and a serious error in judgment by leaving the gun in an unattended vehicle on school property.
However, after most likely taking a concealed carry class, the filing of the appropriate application and forms, the payment of fees, complying with the waiting period and undergoing a mandatory background check, the State of Ohio found him eligible to legally carry a firearm as he had no criminal background. He also handled the traffic stop properly by disclosing to the officer that he was (legally) in possession of a firearm and exactly where it was located. Unfortunately for him he had forgotten to remove it before going to work. But he was forthright an honest in his dealing with the officer.
Hopefully the NRA or another organization will step in to help this guy. He is not a criminal...the State of Ohio says so and not a threat to society.
The Campbell Police are following the letter of the law as well. Let's hope that the prosecutor will recommend dismissal of the case and that the Campbell Board of Education will issue a stern warning and reprimand. The man does not deserve to lose his job. He just made an error in judgment.

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6bgreene(129 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Comment to samlam and elpollo...Yes, the man is no criminal and deserves better treatment. Yet the crying libtards will demand action and persecute him. No way should he lose his job. Our society is WAY OVERBOARD on the demonization of firearm owners. People freak out at the mere mention of a gun or even the act of pointing fingers in a manner that could be construed (by those with very vivid imaginations) as the act of shooting at another person. Hell, some "educator" expelled a kindergartener because he had chewed a Pop-Tart into the "shape of a gun". Remember when seconds count, police are only minutes away. So yeah, the more people who carry legally, the better. And when stupid laws are overturned, the better as well.

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7bmanresident(597 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

If I were a teacher in Campbell I would carry too.

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8walter_sobchak(1831 comments)posted 7 months, 3 weeks ago

When the police pull you over for a traffic stop, you are under "arrest". At that point, you are specifically guaranteed the right against self-incrimination. While I believe under CCW laws in Ohio he agrees to disclose that he has a weapon to law enforcement. But, I don't believe he is obligated to say where he has been. I don't believe that it should be a crime for a teacher to have a weapon in their car on school property if they have a CCW permit. If he must drive to or through a dangerous area like the East Side or South Side of Y-town, a weapon is most likely required for existence. Just keep your mouth shut!

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9HSG(105 comments)posted 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I think this man's due process rights were violated, specifically the right to not give evidence against himself (5th Amendment, US Constitution).

If, in fact, the Sobchakian one is correct (and I hate to admit that possibility) and the gent was 'under arrest,' then he should not/cannot be compelled to provide information about himself.

The alternative was to lie when asked as to his prior whereabouts. So he is either guilty of the conveyance offense, or hindering a police investigation, by lying.

A third alternative, silence, broadly implies guilt in our culture, and will require a trip in the cruiser to police headquarters, something that most citizens abhor. It does, however, provide time for some clear thinking and contact with legal defense.

From all aspects, a bad deal.

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