A substitute teacher at Philo-Hill Magnet School said he accidentally left a handgun in the front seat of his car after it was discovered by police investigating a car alarm sounding in the school parking lot.

George Frederick Hall II, 27, of Oak Ridge, was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of a weapon on a school campus. Hall told police he accidentally left the weapon in the vehicle after visiting a local gun range Wednesday. He was cooperative and claimed ownership of the weapon, according to police reports.

Philo-Hill is at 410 Haverhill St. in Winston-Salem.

Hall was hired as a substitute teacher by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools April 5 and became a long-term substitute April 10, said Theo Helm, school spokesman. Helm said Hall was supposed to fill a vacancy for a science teacher until the end of the year. Helm said the school will hire another long-term substitute to finish out the school year.

Substitute teachers do not need to be licensed like permanent teachers but do need to pass a background check, which Hall did, Helm said.

Police seized the .38-caliber, semi-automatic handgun from the car Hall drove to school that day, after it was reported that the car’s alarm was sounding. Hall was taken into custody and transported to the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on June 6. The weapon was never displayed or brandished in a threatening manner, according to the report.

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