Vice Principal of CA School Sues City and PD After Being Arrested for Carrying Gun on Campus

September 10 2014
by GSL Staff
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The vice principal of Tevis Junior High School found himself in police custody after someone called authorities to report that he was carrying a gun on school grounds.

According to KBAK and KBFX,

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A Tevis Junior High School administrator who was arrested and subsequently released last month after bringing a gun to school has filed a claim against the city of Bakersfield and its police department, according to his attorney Daniel Rodriguez.

Kent Williams, 51, vice principal at the school since 2010, said he was falsely arrested by BPD officers for bringing the handgun to school, because he has a valid concealed-weapons permit and showed it to them before the arrest was made.

If you are a licensed concealed carrier in the state of California (which is rare in many areas of the state), you CAN legally carry into a school.

According to,

Carry on School property is legal if you have a California Issued Permit/License to Carry. The School can keep Students, Faculty and others who work on campus from carrying and can expel them or fire them for carrying firearms but they are not breaking a law just a rule of the School.

Officers did not believe Williams was breaking a law and could not find a code section to charge him under since he was licensed, however, they arrested him anyway.

Williams is now suing the city over the case for wrongful arrest. He has also been placed on administrative leave by the school while they conduct their own investigation.

Williams claims he regularly brought the gun to school for protection of students should a violent situation arise.

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