COLUMBUS, Ind.–A Columbus teacher will not face criminal charges for last week’s incident in which a firearm was discovered in his vehicle on school property by two students. Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash says that he believes Mike Metz, an instructor at East High School, forgot to remove a rifle from his truck after coyote hunting the night before.
In order to charge Metz with a misdemeanor, Nash said that the prosecutor’s office would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the act was intentional. Metz claims he accidentally left the unloaded firearm in his truck. Both Nash and the investigating officer accept Metz’s version of what happened as genuine.
The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation initially suspended Metz with pay during the investigation. However, following the culmination of the inquiry, BCSC said Wednesday that Metz has now been suspended without pay until March 29. He is scheduled to return to work on April 2.