California teacher accidentally fires pistol, injures student during public safety lecture

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation has been launched

Three students from a Monterey County school are recovering from bullet fragment wounds after their teacher accidentally fired a gun in class during a gun safety lesson.

On Tuesday afternoon, at around 1 p.m., the California authorities were summoned to the Seaside High School, an institution located south of San Francisco.

The injury was not serious, although the student's parents took him to the hospital.

Dennis Alexander, who is Seaside City's mayor pro tem and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department, was teaching a lesson at Seaside High School in Seaside, California when he pointed his gun into the ceiling and accidentally fired it, said Abdul Pridgen, the city's police chief. The man was just to explain the attendees about pistol safety when the weapon went off, the slug hitting the ceiling. "I have concerns about why he was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom", Ferrante told KSBW. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the on-going investigation. Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante told KSBW that he's concerned about why Alexander, a reserve officer with the department, had a loaded gun in the classroom. Most of the students attending the class were between the ages of 16 and 17 years, the Californian reported. "I'm not sure what circumstances led to a firearm being used in this class". "It could have been very bad", Gonzales said. He also serves as a Seaside City Council member and a Red Cross volunteer. Alexander was believed to have been providing instruction related to public safety awareness when he fired a single shot from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling. "We will be looking into that".

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Even with a permit, teachers across California are not allowed to carry firearms.

"I think a lot of questions on parents' minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students", Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh said, to state the obvious, parents are likely concerned about why a teacher would point a loaded firearm at a ceiling in a room full of students. Upon learning of the incident, our Human Resources department, school site administration and the Seaside Police Department immediately began investigating the incident, including interviewing students in the class. "Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed".

The incident occurred amid intense national debate over whether school teachers should be armed in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. shooting that left at least 17 people dead.

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