PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 61-year-old man Monday after he went intoxicated to two schools in Port Charlotte asking if he could bring a gun on school property to protect his grandchildren.
According to deputies, Stephen Miller arrived at Kingsway Elementary around 2pm and asked school personnel about bringing a gun on school grounds. School officials said Miller was very intoxicated and caused alarm to them and pulled them away from their normal duties to address the situation. Miller left when told he could not come on campus drunk and he could not bring a gun on school property.
About 20 minutes later Miller arrived at Port Charlotte Middle School, where he was met by the CCSO School Resource Officer. The SRO said Miller was stumbling around in the parking lot, appeared intoxicated and wanted to know about the safety of his grandchild. He was told he could not come onto school property intoxicated.
A road deputy responded and could smell a strong odor of alcohol about Miller, who admitted to have been drinking. A search of his body and vehicle found no weapons, but there was an unopened can of beer on the front passenger seat.
The deputy arrested Miller on two counts of Disruption of a School Function for disrupting and interfering with the educational processes and orderly conduct of a school campus due to his intoxicated state, and wanting to bring a firearm onto school property, causing school personnel to leave their normal duties to address the situation.
Miller was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and his vehicle was towed. Miller was booked then released on $1,000 bond.