A Wichita, Kan., teacher has been suspended with pay, officials say, following his arrest for possessing a gun on school grounds Monday.

A fellow White Elementary School employee saw Daniel Nagel, 31, in possession of a firearm at the school and called 911.

Wichita, Kan. Elementary School Teacher, Daniel Nagel, Arrested and on Paid Leave for Possessing Gun on School Grounds

Daniel Nagel (Credit: KCWH)

A USD 259 spokesperson said the gun was not loaded, and there was never any threat to anyone at the school, according to KAKE.

A family member tells Eyewitness News that Nagel was carrying the gun to protect students and never intended to do any harm, adding that Nagel has a concealed carry permit.

But Wichita Police say it’s a moot point since the school is within a gun-free zone. Nagel faces a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed firearm and a $50 fine if it’s a first-time offense.

Nagel has been taught physical education at White for five years and is on paid administrative leave pending completion of the school district’s investigation.

You can watch the KCWH report here.

The initial report from KAKE:

(H/T: KAKE, KWCH)