- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida teacher who is in jail after being found guilty of pulling a loaded gun during a road rage incident is fighting to keep her $46,000-a-year job.

The Leesburg Daily Commercial (https://bit.ly/1JM4CT4 ) reported that the 59-year-old woman was convicted last month and sentenced to six months in jail for improperly exhibiting a firearm.

Michael Lawrence, a spokesman for the school district, said any employee convicted of a felony can be fired. But Ellen Paladino, a 13-year veteran employee of the Seminole County district, has filed an appeal to block her termination. Paladino teaches computer science and math at Crooms Academy of Information and Technology in Sanford.

District officials say her appeal will have to be addressed in a hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the road rage incident happened in April of 2014 when another driver changed lanes without using a turn signal. The driver called 911, saying the teacher had pulled out the handgun, put her finger on the trigger and pointed it has head when he pulled up next to her at a stoplight.

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Information from: The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, Fla.), https://www.dailycommercial.com


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