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Police: Loaded handgun fell from substitute teacher's waistband, on the school playground

Jesse N. Jones, 31, of Oldsmar, faces a charge of carrying a concealed firearm after police said he took a loaded gun to his job as a Pinellas County substitute teacher. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Jesse N. Jones, 31, of Oldsmar, faces a charge of carrying a concealed firearm after police said he took a loaded gun to his job as a Pinellas County substitute teacher. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published Oct. 24, 2018

The gun a substitute teacher brought to Anona Elementary School on Tuesday was loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition, according to new information released by the Pinellas County school district Wednesday.

Jesse Nicholas Jones, 31, was standing on the Largo school's playground when the 9mm handgun fell from his front waistband, an arrest affidavit said. He was immediately removed from the school and booked into Pinellas County Jail about 3 p.m. Tuesday, charged with carrying a concealed firearm. The school was placed on a brief lockdown.

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Jones, of Oldsmar, was released after posting $5,000 bail about six hours later. He began work in the district in August and is no longer eligible for employment in Pinellas schools, district spokeswoman Lisa Wolf said.

According to school district rules for students and staff, Jones violated a policy which says "a person shall not possess any firearm or weapon ... at a school-sponsored event or on School Board property."

He could not immediately be reached for comment.

No other details have been made available. The school district's police department continues to investigate the incident.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

Contact Megan Reeves at mreeves@tampabay.com. Follow @mareevs.

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