NorCal Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun, Injures Student During Safety Lesson

Alexander was teaching a firearm safety class when the weapon discharged sending a bullet into the ceiling of the classroom

Alexander was teaching a firearm safety class when the weapon discharged sending a bullet into the ceiling of the classroom

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.

Dennis Alexander accidentally fired a pistol while discussing public safety in a Seaside High School classroom, according to police. 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.

One student was hit in the neck by debris or a fragment after the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling, according to Seaside police Chief Abdul D. Pridgen.

Sand City police Chief Brian Ferrante described the teacher's track record as "positive and professional", however, he wondered why he brought a loaded gun in a classroom full of students. A single shot was sacked from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling, according to the Seaside Police Department.

Alexander has been a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department for 11 years. "It could have been very bad", Gonzales said. One student was injured during the event and was transported to the nearest hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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"It's the craziest thing", Gonzales told the station. Most of the students attending the class were between the ages of 16 and 17 years, the Californian reported.

The school issued a statement regarding the incident saying counseling services will be available for students who may need it. "After today, I get why people say there should be no guns in schools", Gonzales said. Scheduled classes resumed shortly after the incident. He says his department will do an administrative investigation of the incident once Seaside PD completes its investigation.

'We want to make you aware of an accident that occurred in the Administration of Justice class today at Seaside High School. "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", the Superintendent's Office wrote in a letter to the parents of the students.

"I have concerns about why he (Alexander) was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom". "Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed".

"We will be looking into that, ' he said". In 2013, he was awarded Reserve Officer of the Year.

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