Teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injures student

Embargo Monterey-Salinas Calif.** 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

Embargo Monterey-Salinas Calif.** 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

A teacher accidentally discharged a firearm while teaching a public safety class, injuring one student at a Northern California school on Tuesday, police said.

It remains unclear whether Alexander was legally allowed to have a gun on campus since he serves as a reserve police officer for Sand City, and he has been placed on administrative leave during an ongoing investigation, according to Marci McFadden, a spokesperson for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

A 17-year-old boy's father told KSBW his son was injured when fragments from the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling and lodged into his neck.

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave from both the school and Sand City Police Department.

Alexander has taught the course in the past but Pridgen said he doesn't know if he'd ever brought a live firearm to the school before.

Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen told The Montreal County Weekly that the student was struck in the neck by "debris or fragmentation", but said it was not a bullet.

"Upon learning of the incident, school site administration, the District Office, and the Seaside Police Department immediately began investigating, including interviewing students in the class". The school will have counselors available to students Wednesday.

The teacher at Seaside High School was named by local police as Dennis Alexander, reported Monterey Herald. Apparently, Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when it went off.

"Due to the nature of this personnel incident, we are unable to share any other details", the letter said. Alexander is also a Seaside City Council member who teaches mathematics in Spanish. The safety of your student is always our top priority, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep them safe while they are under our care'. Michael Wells posted on Facebook, "Another for the "This arming teachers thing is a really bad idea" files".

Earlier this month, a teacher from Dalton, Georgia was arrested after he fired at least one shot in his classroom.

"I have concerns about why he (Alexander) was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom".

Seaside Police say they don't need to be notified when a gun is being used in class, but they told KION bringing a gun into a classroom is unusual.

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