Off-Duty FBI Agent Takes Gun to East Falmouth Elementary School

Falmouth police were called to East Falmouth Elementary School this morning after someone noticed an off-duty FBI agent was carrying a gun on school property.

Falmouth police said despite the scare students and faculty were not in danger. The agent identifited himself to school officials. Police are familiar with the agent and went to the school to ensure his identity, according to a press release. The agent was at the school to watch a play.

The school was not placed in lockdown. The name of the agent is being withheld at this time. 

We will keep you updated with any new developments.

nancy shadyac December 21, 2012 at 06:40 PM
You would think in light of current events that this agent would have left the gun at home!!! What would happen if he decided to do his banking and walked into the lobby like that? or a movie theatre....not a good move. Either be blatant with all the trimmings that go with the uniform or hide it well if you are authorized.
Jennifer December 22, 2012 at 12:14 AM
You would think in light of current events, having an armed, trained FBI AGENT at your child's school would give you some reassurance????? What would happen if there was a robbery at the bank where he was? Or god forbid another movie theater shooting?? Bet you'd be glad he was armed then right???? Why was he let into the school if he was considered a threat??? He tried to do the right thing by alerting school professionals he was an FBI agent and carrying. This is a huge fail on the schools part.
Peter Allenby December 22, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Where in this article is there any mention of this agent alerting school professionals that he was an FBI agent and that he was armed? If he did alert school personnel of his work identity and the fact that he was armed, I would agree that school officials not telling others he was an armed agent is a serious misjudgement of their part. But if, as the article implies by a total lack of any mention of this agent identifying himself as an armed FBI agent, then this agent misjudged the sensitivity of our community to the issue of guns in schools, especially in light of the tragic events a week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Now, perhaps FBI agents are required to carry a weapon whether on or off duty. Regardless, for him not to exercise his professional judgement in this situation and in light of the recent events and alert school officials that he was armed, is the kind of judgement that leads many people to question our laws concerning fire arms in this country. If there isn't a FBI mandate that off duty agents must carry a fire arm, then this agent clearly exercised poor judgement in this instance not letting school officials know he was doing so.Do Falmouth public schools have a policy concerning firearms being carried onto school properties by anyone regardless of profession? I don't know, but I sure hope law enforcement officials of any branch are aware!
Gene Harriman December 22, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Oh I can hear it now ... if this person had NOT been armed and something bad went down, everyone would be wondering why this public servant WAS NOT armed. I WANT my public servants armed! We're such hypocrites.
Mike December 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Only bad people and law enforcement officers are allowed to carry on school property. So this agent did nothing wrong. Now, if he had been a legally licensed sane person, he would have no legal right to be prepared and would have to be comfortable with being an unarmed victim when on school grounds. In any event, he did nothing wrong as a law enforcement officer. Simple way to solve this... Repeal the law that prevents legally licensed individuals from carrying on school grounds. Man we live in a world of such dopes. You can't call for all this banning of guns without having viable solutions.
Peter Allenby December 23, 2012 at 01:32 AM
A news story in the Cape Cod Times clarified the abiguity of the Patch piece. The FBI agent did identify himself to school officials as an agent carrying a fire arm. School officials then called local police who went to the school and verified his idenity. Seems like all events went according to protocol...on both sides! Press spun this story the wrong way in my opinion. BTW, I love the idea put forth by John Crudele of the NY Post. Want to restrict shootings? Restrict ammo! Put big fat taxes of ammo and you restrict the spread of killing while raising needed monies for the federsl coffers. And there is no legitimate reason for semi automatic assault weapons, when was the last time a hunter pumped 100 rounds of ammo at a deer?
Jane Smith December 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SAFETY ACT OF 2004 On July 22, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 218, the Law Enforcement officers Safety Act (LEOSA),30 which created a general nationwide recognition that the public is better served by allowing law enforcement officers to carry their firearms outside of their jurisdictions whether they are on or off duty. http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/january2011/off_duty_firearms
Edward Sabina December 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I'm glad the FBI is allowed to carry. Protocols were observed and thank you Falmouth Police. This is a non issue and sorry it made the post.
Robert Haugh December 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Peter, I don't follow your line of reasoning. Are you saying that someone planning to commit murder will change his mind because the bullets are too expensive?


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