Julie Gungle was arrested for taking a gun into an elementary school, authorities said.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Substitute teacher arrested for allegedly taking handgun into elementary school

A substitute teacher took a handgun in her purse to Harmony Elementary School in Pickens County on Wednesday, authorities said.

Several students saw the handgun, which was visible in her open purse, Pickens County Board of Education spokesman Carlton Wilson said in a news release. The handgun was never removed from her purse.

Julie Gungle was fired and sent home after staff at the school was informed and will not be allowed to work for the school system again, Wilson said. 

Gungle was arrested by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and charged with having a gun in a school safety zone, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

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