Teacher accidentally fires gun at school

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

At approximately 1:20pm March 13 at Seaside High, Dennis Alexander, a math and administration of justice teacher who is also a Seaside city councilman and a reserve officer for Sand City Police Department, accidentally discharged his firearm during a gun safety demonstration.

The student injured during the California teacher's lecture has been released from the emergency room a couple of hours later.

The gun was pointed towards the ceiling when it fired causing pieces of the ceiling to fall on the ground. 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.

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.

Though the gun didn't shoot anyone directly, "Fragments from the bullet struck a student in the neck", Pridgen said. "I'm just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it", the father told the TV station. Scheduled classes resumed shortly after the incident.

"It's the craziest thing", Gonzales told the station. "It could have been very bad", Gonzales said. We will also have counseling services available for students.

It was not clear if the he was placed on a paid or unpaid leave.

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

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent P.K. Diffenbaugh echoed Ferrante's thoughts. "Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed".

The district said in a statement that, " California law prohibits firearms on campus, and MPUSD's Board of Education policy prohibits any person other than authorized law enforcement or security personnel from possessing weapons, imitation firearms, or unsafe instruments of any kind in school buildings, on school grounds or buses, or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity away from school, or while going to or coming from school".

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. As some of you may know, the teacher is a reserve police officer.

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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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