Armed Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun & Hurts Student In Classroom

Armed Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun & Hurts Student In Classroom

A teacher injured three students Tuesday when he accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School classroom, according to reports.

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

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.

Three students were injured, including a 17-year-old boy who was hit in the neck by debris or a fragment after the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling, said Seaside police Chief Abdul D. Pridgen.

Although Alexander is allowed to carry a weapon since he is a reserve police officer, the authorities don't know if he was granted permission to bring a firearm on campus.

First responders arrived after a couple of minutes and took a male student to the nearby emergency room to received treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the neck area. The school will have counselors available to students Wednesday.

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.

Alexander's gun went off by a fluke.

"Best practice is you don't take live firearms into a classroom", Chief Pridgen said. He was the department's 2013 reserve officer of the year.

The incidents come not long after President Donald Trump announced his new goal of arming school teachers to combat school shootings.

Due to the nature of this personnel incident, we are unable to share any other details.

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave as the officials look into the incident.

Dennis Alexander is seen in this image provided by KSBW. 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. "I'm not sure what circumstances led to a firearm being used in this class". A single shot was sacked from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling, according to the Seaside Police Department.



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