Lexington school employee on leave after leaving handgun on car seat in elementary school parking lot

A Lexington school employee walked off the job after leaving a handgun on the seat of his car parked at an elementary school Wednesday, city officials said.

Lexington city officials said police received a call shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning after a staff member spotted an unattended handgun in a car parked at Estabrook Elementary School. Authorities say the holstered handgun was in plain view and left in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Officers worked with school staff to identify the owner of the car. The staff member who owned the car provided a valid Massachusetts license to carry firearms and admitted to possessing the gun and leaving it on the seat, police said.

According to city officials, the firearm and license were seized and the staff member was placed on administrative leave.

The individual will be charged with improper storage of a firearm and carrying a firearm on school grounds, officials said.

Police say no threats were made and no students or staff were in danger.

“The Lexington Police and School Department are dedicated to providing a safe environment for students and staff on all district campuses,” Lexington city officials said in a statement. “We commend the school department and administrative staff at Estabrook School for their collaboration, particularly the staff member who observed a potentially dangerous situation on school property and immediately notified the appropriate channels.”

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