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Teacher arrested after bringing gun, knife to Royal Palm Beach Community High School

Robert Krasnicki won't be returning to school, principal says
Robert Krasnicki, Royal Palm Beach Community High School
Posted at 3:19 PM, Jan 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-20 06:38:30-05

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — A teacher at Royal Palm Beach Community High School has been arrested after bringing a gun and knife onto campus, the school's principal said Thursday.

Robert Krasnicki, 42, was arrested by school district police Thursday morning after officers discovered the weapons, Principal Michelle Fleming said in an email to parents and staff.

"Both weapons were immediately and safely confiscated from him and he was placed under arrest," Fleming said.

Although no students or staff were threatened by Krasnicki, the possession of weapons on a school campus is illegal, Fleming said.

Krasnicki won't be returning to the school, the principal added.

He is in the Palm Beach County Jail on two felony charges of possession of a weapon or firearm on school property.

Parents with children who attend the school say the allegations are concerning.

"It's a shame, but I can't say I'm surprised," Scott Hagerty said. "I have three kids that went here and one kid that's here now."

Another parent who only gave his first name as Dan said: "For a teacher to do it, that's really unacceptable — totally unacceptable."

His arrest comes a day after the School Board discussed the idea of metal detectors on campus.

"Everybody, from the employees down to the parents to students to visitors, need to be wanded down," school board member Edwin Ferguson said Wednesday. "I think that provides us the greatest assurance of removing or preventing knives and guns from coming onto our school campuses."

Superintendent Michael Burke said a pilot program will soon be launched once logistics and costs are finalized.