On January 15, 2015 retied California Highway Patrolman Robert Pitt dropped his girlfriend's daughter off at Santana High School in Santee.
The gun he carried was in his fanny pack when he went into the office to speak to the principal about an issue with the girl.
Inside Pitt placed his fanny pack down on the counter. The heavy thud prompted the principal to ask if Pitt was carrying a gun.
He said he was. He told the principal he had a concealed weapons permit. He was allowed to carry a gun onto school grounds because he was a former law enforcement officer.
But the principal, Tim Schwuchow, directed a sheriff's deputy to arrest Pitt for carrying a weapon on school property.
Nearly 14 years prior Santana High School student, Charles Andrew Williams, shot and killed two classmates and wounded a dozen others.
Pitt was arrested. He spent several hours in jail. The district attorney did not file any charges against Pitt.
But Pitt did file a lawsuit in federal court. He sued the County of San Diego for false arrest by the Sheriff's Department.
In September, according to public records, the county paid Pitt $220,000 to settle the lawsuit out of court.