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Teacher Charged: Weapon at School

A Westfield High teacher is facing a possible five years in prison after being charged Tuesday with possession of a weapon on school property. He is Timothy D. Fudd, 31, of 2927 Stuart Drive in Falls Church.

FAIRFAX COUNTY police say they received an anonymous tip that resulted in school officials searching Fudd's car, Monday around 10 a.m., and staff members allegedly finding a loaded handgun inside it. Police say the gun was locked in the car, itself, not in the truck. But they declined to reveal exactly where it was found, or any reason why the teacher reportedly brought it to school.

"He did have a concealed-weapons permit, and the gun was registered to him," said police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan. However, it's a felony to bring a weapon onto school property and, following an investigation by Westfield's school resource officer, Fudd was arrested.

He turned himself in to police, Tuesday morning, and was released on his own recognizance. He has a June 7 court date. School system spokesman Paul Regnier said Fudd has been employed full time by Fairfax County Public Schools since October 2004 as a resource teacher at Westfield.

He said such teachers do special work with students, individually or in small groups. The year before, Fudd worked part time for FCPS as a substitute teacher at various schools. Since his arrest, said Regnier, he's been placed on unpaid administrative leave.