Utah teacher accidentally shoots herself in leg at elementary school


A Utah elementary school teacher accidentally shot herself in the leg on Thursday, but no students were on school grounds at the time and no one else was injured, officials said.

The teacher, who was not identified, suffered a leg wound after the weapon accidentally discharged in the restroom of Westbrook Elementary School in Taylorsville, Utah, around 8:45 a.m., according to Ben Horsley, communications director for the Granite School District.

The teacher remains in “good condition” at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, Horsley said.


The teacher had a license to carry a concealed weapon in Utah, Horsley said, adding that she was not required to tell anyone she was armed.

“Permit holders are not required to disclose their status as a permit holder, and/or whether they are carrying a weapon or not, to their employer, or in this case, the principal or school district,” Horsley said in a statement.

The school remained open Thursday.

The incident occurred eight days after a professor at Idaho State University accidentally shot himself in the foot in front of students. The teacher suffered non-life-threatening injuries and no students were hurt.

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