Newtown teacher resigns after gun possession charge

Jason M. Adams (Photo provided by Newtown Police)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Newtown middle school teacher who was accused of carrying a loaded .45-caliber pistol in a holster inside the school has resigned.

Newtown School Superintendent Joseph Erardi confirmed Saturday that Jason Adams resigned at the end of the schoolyear.

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The teacher at Newtown Middle School was arrested on April 6 after police say he was seen with the pistol and detained by school security.

Police say he had a valid pistol permit, but Connecticut state law prohibits possession of firearms on school grounds.

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Adams was placed on administrative leave.

He didn’t immediately return a message Saturday seeking comment.

Newtown Middle School is less than 2 miles from the site of the December 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

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