While a school crossing guard thought he was protecting students by carrying a concealed weapon on him, a school official in Northampton County, Pennsylvania approached the gun-toting guard and requested that he start leaving his firearm at home.
The event all started last Friday, when a concerned individual posted a picture on Facebook of 52-year-old crossing guard, Scott Becker, carrying his gun while on the job.
According the the local CBS affiliate WPVI-TV, the concerned individual questioned the wisdom of carrying a firearm in a school zone.
Becker, who has worked as a crossing guard in Bethlehem, Pa. for 8 years, has been carrying the firearm on his person since last December.
On Monday, however, the crossing guard was told by a school official to start leaving his .40 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol at home.
“Usually I have it on me, but he asked this morning to take it off while crossing the kids, and I have no problem with it,” Becker told the news station. “I don’t want to cause grief for anybody. I’m not out to be the monster or anything. I’m just out to do my job.”
Becker, who has a permit to carry the pistol, said that he carried the gun as a precaution incase any one tried to threaten the kids.
“That way I would be here as the first person to respond,” he said. “I would be here right away before someone else could respond.”
Although school officials have prompted Becker to leave his pistol at home, others would have preferred that the crossing guard continued to carry.
“I think it protects my kid and the other kids,” parent Dave Donio stated. “I think it’s a good thing if he has a carry permit and he is trained.”
Becker, who co-owns several small businesses that have been broken into in the past, stated that although he will leave his pistol at home while he performs crossing guard duties, he will continue to carry it in off hours.
“I have a business to take care of too so I want to work with that too and protect myself,” he told WPVI-TV.
Watch WPVI-TV’s story below: