Seventh- and eighth-grade English instructor Ned Carter Walker, 41, was taken into custody in a parking lot at the Tierrasanta school Monday morning and booked into county jail, according to San Diego Unified School District officials. He later posted $50,000 bail and was released on his own recognizance.
SDUSD police Chief Rueben Littlejohn told reporters that the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn., may have played a part in Walker’s decision to bring a loaded .380-caliber pistol and a knife with a 2 1/2-inch blade onto the school grounds. He said that whatever the motive, bringing a weapon to a school campus is a felony.
“We speculate that, based on reports from staff members, this employee had somewhat of an infatuation with guns and brought the weapon(s) to the school to protect himself in the event of a violent intruder,” Littlejohn said during a briefing late this morning.
Courtney Rizzo, interim principal at the La Cuenta Drive school, told parents in a letter that administrators were limited in the amount of information they could release on the allegations against Walker.
“Our focus is to continue to ensure that our students are safe, the learning process goes on as usual and we work with the proper authorities,” Rizzo wrote.
If Walker is convicted of either felony weapons charge, he could be fired, district spokesman Jack Brandais said.