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No Charges For Columbus Teacher Who Left Rifle in Truck

Two students spotted the rifle in the front seat of Metz's truck while it was parked in the school parking lot.

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- The Columbus high school teacher who left a gun in his truck on school property on Thursday will not face criminal charges.

Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash says he doesn't believe Mike Metz intended to bring the gun to school.

Metz, who teaches construction at Columbus East, told police he'd been hunting the night before and accidentally left the rifle in his truck. Two students spotted the gun and reported it to school officials.

State law says anyone who "knowingly, intentionally or recklessly" leaves a firearm in plain view in a vehicle parking in a school parking lot can be charged with a misdemeanor.

However, Prosecutor Nash told The (Columbus) Republic newspaper that his office would not be able to prove it wasn't an "accident or mistake that the gun was left in the truck."

Metz was suspended from teaching during the police investigation.

The Bartholomew County School Corporation has not said if Metz will be penalized for the incident.

(Photo by Kirkikis/Thinkstock.)

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