BOYNTON BEACH (CBSMiami) – A lockdown of a Boynton Beach charter school has led to the arrest of a teacher.
According to police, a 12-year old student brought a gun with him to the Charter School of Boynton Beach on Gateway Boulevard. The boy reportedly told detectives that he found the gun and brought it to school to scare another student he was having a disagreement with.
At one point another student saw the boy throw the gun in a trash bin, according to police. The second student told a teacher who alerted school officials who called police.
The school was placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure and that is when things took a turn for the worse for teacher Mark Kleiman.
According to his arrest report, it began when the 55-year old Kleiman got into a heated discussion with the school’s Head Master.
At issue – some of Kleiman’s students needed to use the bathroom but the Head Master would not let them leave the classroom during the lockdown. Kleiman then turned to the police and asked if his students could use the restrooms. He was turned down, according to the report, for safety concerns.
Kleiman continued to argue with the Head Master who then replaced him with another teacher. Still pressing his point, the arrest report states Kleiman was warned three times that if he didn’t drop it and return to his classroom he would be arrested. When he didn’t back down, Kleiman was arrested and charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer.
The boy who brought the gun to school was also charged; possession of a weapon on school property and possession of a firearm by a minor.
The gun was recovered from the trash bin, it was not loaded.