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Kansas teacher facing handgun charge

Updated: 2013-07-05T12:10:19Z

The Wichita Eagle

A Wichita elementary teacher who is facing a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed handgun on school premises is no longer working for the district, a school district official said Thursday.

Daniel C. Nagel, 31, “is no longer an employee” of the Wichita school district, spokeswoman Susan Arensman said via text message Thursday. She would not say whether Nagel was fired or when his employment ended.

Nagel was arrested May 20 at White Elementary on suspicion of carrying a concealed gun on school property. He is scheduled to have his first appearance in Municipal Court on Monday, according to court records.

According to district records, Nagel, a physical education teacher, was hired by the Wichita district in September 2005. Following his arrest, he had been on paid administrative leave, district officials said.

Nagel could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Nagel has a concealed-carry permit issued by the state, said Nicholas Means, his attorney. Means said it was his understanding that Nagel had a permit at the time of his arrest.

Current state law, however, prevents anyone other than law enforcement officers from carrying a gun into a school, regardless of whether that person has a concealed-carry license, if a sign banning guns is conspicuously posted.

Last week, the Wichita school board approved a new policy that bans firearms from school district buildings or district-owned vehicles, except by law enforcement officers.

Officials said the proposed policy, a response to new legislation that changed concealed carry in public buildings, would clarify that Wichita schools are gun-free zones.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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