Tampa high school teacher, ROTC Captain arrested for child abuse, gun charges

A teacher and ROTC Captain at Chamberlain High School in Tampa found himself in police custody at the school last Friday, facing serious charges of child abuse and gun-related offenses. Tampa Police Department officials reported that Michael Bradford, a 55-year-old individual, allegedly grew agitated with a 16-year-old student who had declined to participate in a Personal Training activity.

As per statements from the student and witnesses, Bradford stood over the young victim, who was assuming a plank position, and then struck the teenager on the buttocks while making a derogatory remark, saying, “Here comes the T-Bag.” Subsequently, when the student stood up, Bradford purportedly seized him by the neck before the teen managed to move away. The victim attempted to call a parent using his cell phone, but Bradford reportedly wrested the phone from him and flung it across the parking lot.

Fortunately, the student did not sustain any injuries, according to the Tampa Police Department. School staff members promptly alerted the School Resource Officer about the incident.

Bradford was then escorted to his office to collect his personal belongings, where officers from the Tampa Police Department uncovered a Colt .45 caliber handgun and a loaded magazine hidden inside a cabinet. Consequently, Bradford was placed under arrest and subsequently transported to Orient Road Jail.