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A Chicago Public Schools spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher had a side gig, ac­cord­ing to the feds — deal­ing am­mu­ni­tion and firearms ac­ces­sories on the South Side.

Brent Turpin, who taught at Kershaw El­e­men­tary School at 6450 S. Lowe Ave., faces one count each of con­spir­acy to dis­pose of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion to a known felon, and dis­pos­ing of am­mu­ni­tion to a known felon, ac­cord­ing to the U. S. At­tor­ney’s of­fice and CPS records.

Turpin was sus­pended from teach­ing Wed­nes­day when CPS learned of the al­le­ga­tions.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of CPS em­ploy­ees em­brace their unique op­por­tu­nity to serve as pos­i­tive role mod­els for young peo­ple in our city, which makes these al­le­ga­tions so dis­turb­ing and out of the or­di­nary for our school district,” a state­ment from CPS said.

“The em­ployee in ques­tion has been re­moved from his po­si­tion while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pro­ceeds, and our staff is fo­cused on sup­port­ing the school com­mu­nity dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Turpin, 53, il­le­gally supplied an ex­tended hand­gun mag­a­zine, laser sight and two boxes of am­mu­ni­tion to a felon, ac­cord­ing to the feds.

He gave the am­mu­ni­tion and ac­ces­sories to the felon — who un­be­knownst to Turpin was co­op­er­at­ing with the FBI — ear­lier this month at his South Side home, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

Turpin also tried to se­cure a firearm for the in­for­mant at a gun show in In­di­ana ear­lier this sum­mer, ac­cord­ing to the feds.

As they trav­eled to­gether to the show, Turpin in­structed the in­for­mant on what to say and do.

“If they ask you if you’re from In­di­ana, say yes,” Turpin told the in­for­mant, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors. “If they say where [ are] you from, say like, South Bend or some­thing, or In­di­anapo­lis.”

Turpin and the in­for­mant met with a gun dealer at the show, but it did not re­sult in a deal be­cause Turpin re­fused to present his driver’s li­cense, ac­cord­ing to the feds.

Turpin, who makes $ 78,000 a year as a teacher, faces a max­i­mum sen­tence of 15 years in prison if con­victed of both counts.

Turpin has taught at Kershaw since 2010, and pre­vi­ously worked at Lathrop El­e­men­tary School in 2008 and Charles Hughes El­e­men­tary in 2009, ac­cord­ing to CPS.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties say Brent Turpin supplied an ex­tended hand­gun mag­a­zine, laser sight and two boxes of am­mu­ni­tion to a felon.

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