California teacher trained in gun use accidentally discharges firearm in classroom

California teacher trained in gun use accidentally discharges firearm in classroom

A California teacher armed with a handgun injured three students when he accidentally fired it at the ceiling during a gun safety class.

Dennis Alexander was supposed to be teaching a lesson on public safety for his Administration of Justice class at Seaside High School.

According to KSBW, the father of the 17-year-old boy who was injured said Alexander had just told the class he wanted to make sure the firearm was not loaded when it went off. Alexander was planning to use the gun for a demonstration for how to disarm someone.

A 17-year-old student was injured by a bullet fragment or by debris that fell off the ceiling, Pridgen said.

Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job and he was also placed on administrative leave at the Sand City Police Department.

The chief of police told local media he had "concerns" about why Alexander had a loaded firearm in the school, which is prohibited and then fired it, albeit accidentally, in a classroom of kids.

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The incident comes amid a national debate on how to protect students from mass shootings like the one that took the lives of 17 students in Parkland, Fla., on February 14. Fermin Gonzalez is upset he was not informed about the incident by the school. Counseling will be available to any students who need it, the email said.

Ironically perhaps, the school district posted a school safety symposium salted for next week on its Facebook page Monday but posted nothing about the incident at Seaside and the high school did not post anything on its homepage that was visible or on its Facebook page. Apparently, Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when it went off.

Teachers can not legally possess firearms in California classrooms. Scheduled classes resumed shortly after the incident. He was the department's 2013 reserve officer of the year.

"Due to the nature of this personnel incident, we are unable to share any other details", the letter said. He is also a Seaside city councilman.

Ferrante adds that Alexander has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of his department's investigation, which will determine if any of the department's policies regarding the safe handling of firearms were violated.

Earlier this month, a teacher from Dalton, Georgia was arrested after he fired at least one shot in his classroom. A single shot was sacked from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling, according to the Seaside Police Department.

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