Brooklyn Teacher Brought Fake Guns to School to Teach Kids About Gun Violence, Husband Says


A New York teacher who was arrested for bringing fake guns to school did it to teach her students a lesson, her husband says.

Vilma Latalladi was arrested Wednesday morning from bringing an air rifle and fake gun to the Leon M. Goldstein High School in Brooklyn, where she teaches English.  The 53-year-old was charged with prohibited use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds.

“Only in Goldstein would a teacher get escorted out by cops for bringing a f–------ rifle to school,” tweeted one student, @dominique_rosee.

Husband Rick Luisi told the New York Daily News that his wife brought the phony weapons as part of a lesson plan on gun violence that she had cleared with school officials.

"She was gonna do a lesson a plan — something about talking about violence with the kids," Luisi said Thursday. "My wife could take a staple and make it into a lesson plan."

Latalladi pulled a toy pistol and a replica of the Red Ryder air rifle used in the movie “A Christmas Story” on her students in a choreographed move, her husband claims.

"She cleared it with security, she had already gone through security and was in the classroom when they started to make a big deal about it,” Luisi said. “There's documentation to prove it.”

The teacher, who was released from custody with a summons, was scheduled to meet with Department of Education officials yesterday.

"All I know is my wife is innocent," Luisi maintained. "She didn't do nothing. She's an angel from heaven. She's by the book. She doesn't even swear, she gets mad at me when I do."

Sources: CBS New York, New York Post, New York Daily News


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