A substitute elementary school nurse was arrested Wednesday for carrying a concealed firearm at Garden Grove Elementary School, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Garden Grove Principal, Deborah Compton, approached the 59-year-old licensed practical nurse, Marvin Sizemore of Lake Wales, to ask whether he was concealing a firearm or Taser after teachers alerted her to a conspicuous bulge near his left ankle, according to the police report.
The school employees had noticed the bulge while walking into the school about 8 a.m., the start of the school day.
Compton told deputies that Sizemore claimed the weapon was a Taser — a conducted electrical weapon — and she informed him it was illegal to carry the device on campus.
Sizemore placed the weapon in his automobile and Compton contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
When deputies arrived, Sizemore claimed he was not carrying a Taser, but pepper spray. He denied the deputy’s request to search his vehicle, but said he had two weapons in his car and possessed a concealed carry permit, according to the report.
Sizemore was arrested at 9:35 a.m.
Based on the “possibility of firearms being in the vehicle which posed a threat to the safety of school students,” a search warrant was issued and deputies discovered two loaded weapons — a .40-caliber handgun under the driver’s seat and a .380-caliber handgun in the trunk.
Deputies found no Taser in the automobile, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donna Wood said.
The Sheriff’s Office said Sizemore “intentionally and unlawfully” violated a state law that bars firearms on school property outside of specific exceptions. He faces third-degree felony charges.