Ann Levine-Eisenberg, Palm Beach School for Autism school head, regrets decisions surrounding gun

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The head of a charter school for students with autism has regrets about the way she handled the aftermath of a gun being found on campus.

Ann Levine-Eisenberg look backs and is thankful. The man who briefly exposed a gun to teachers in class never meant harm.

"He said, oh it's OK, I have a permit, a special permit," Levine-Eisenberg recalled. "They looked at each other, intelligence says no, nobody is allowed on campus with a gun."

Teachers showed the therapist out and went to her office.

"Rumors spread really quickly, there was a wild man waving a gun, I went out to my staff, said that's not what happened. By the time I got back to my office, I had the phone in my hand and got paged, for a phone call on line one."

A teacher's boyfriend had called 911, and deputies were offering a SWAT team.

A PBSO report quotes a teacher as saying "administrators didn't want to call the police because they could lose government funds and called an attorney."

"Did you ever hint at that?" asked NewsChannel 5's Evan Axelbank.

"No, not at all," said Levine-Eisenberg.

But Tuesday she admitted she made the wrong call, given the state law against guns in school, and safety concerns guns raise.

"I don't have a problem admitting I'm only human. I'm not perfect. I have no problem saying that. Yes, I wish I had called PBSO first, and then dealt with the firestorm, " said Levine-Eisenberg.

When a staffer was accused last week of inappropriate contact with a student, school parent Gina Stafford spoke up, saying she was concerned about a culture of brushing things under the rug.

She responded to Levine-Eisenberg's latest comments.

"I agree we are all human and we make mistakes. However, there's a difference between making mistakes and poor judgment," said Stafford.

This report also says that Eisenberg told arriving deputies that she wanted to handle the situation in house.

Today, she said the deputy may have misunderstood her.

Deputies say the report stands.

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