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Long-time educator reassigned for bringing replica musket to class for lesson

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Long-time educator reassigned for bringing replica musket to class for lesson

An eighth grade history teacher in Florida with over 20 years on the job has been reassigned after she incorporated a prop gun into a lesson on the Revolutionary War.

Osceola County Schools has temporarily barred Gema Evans, a social studies teacher at Neptune Middle School in Kissimmee, from having contact with students. Evans, hired by the district in 1993, was reassigned to a non-teaching role due to an ongoing investigation on her use of what is being described as a “prop rifle” in a classroom for a presentation on the American War for Independence.

According to school officials, the prop did not have the mechanics to fire.

As reported by WKMG, Evans was reassigned after students came forward with concerns. Local law enforcement were called in to investigate and took a report, though it is not clear whether they will conduct a criminal investigation.

This is not the first time that the district has used an overabundance of caution involving fake guns in school. In 2013, an 8-year-old student at an Osceola elementary school was suspended after he made a gun gesture with his hand while playing cops and robbers with fellow classmates.

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