A Farb Middle School teacher entered a plea of “not guilty” on Feb. 20, 2013 to felony weapons charges. ABC 10 News reports that Ned Carter Walker, an English teach at the school, was taken into custody earlier this month when the administration became aware that he allegedly had weapons in his possession on school grounds. The San Diego Unified School District has a “zero-tolerance” policy when it comes to weapons on school grounds.
Walker plead “not guilty” to the two charges facing him. If convicted, he faces over five years in prison and it will end his teaching career. He is charged with carrying a .038 caliber handgun and a knife with a 2 ½ inch blade. Walker felt that he needed to have the weapons in case of a shooting incident on campus. Although it appears that his intentions were for the good of the school and students, his actions were in direct violation of school district policy.
Ned Walker is out on $50,000 bail and will appear in court again on April 2, 2013. Until this matter is resolved, Walker is on administrative leave from the school district. A judge has ordered him to stay away from the school campus. If he is convicted on any weapons possession charges, it will be grounds for dismissal.
Walker is an experienced English teacher with the school district. Up until this incident he taught seventh and eight grade English. His side of the story is expected to come out in court at a later date.