Utah elementary teacher accidentally shoots self in leg at school

Posted at 10:54 AM, Sep 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-11 23:58:28-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah -- A teacher at Westbrook Elementary is in good condition after she accidentally shot herself in the leg at school Thursday morning.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said the teacher's gun accidentally discharged in a faculty restroom around 8:45 a.m., before school was in session.

He said no students or other employees were in the area.

Horsley said the teacher is a concealed weapons permit holder and she was not legally obligated to notify the school district of that fact.

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The teacher was taken to Intermountain Medical Center for treatment of her injury and was said to be alert, sitting up and speaking to her family.

"Student safety is our primary concern and we are grateful that the injuries sustained by this teacher are not life threatening and that no students or other faculty were injured," he said.

School officials said counselors are available for students, faculty and staff on campus.

Horsley said the incident is being investigated by Granite School District police and there does not appear to be any criminal intent.

The teacher's name was not disclosed.