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Students injured when Monterey County teacher accidentally fires handgun in class

Dennis Alexander a teacher at Seaside High School in California and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department has been placed on administration leave after accidentally firing his gun during a class and reportedly injuring three students Students injured when Monterey County teacher accidentally fires handgun in class
Patty Aguilar | 14 March, 2018, 18:44

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.

Dennis Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it Tuesday at Seaside High School, said Abdul Pridgen, the city's police chief.

While Trump is doing everything in his power to arm teachers and make them into educational Rambos, California teacher Dennis Alexander should probably not be one of those teachers who is armed with any weapon at all.

One 17-year-old boy was hit in the neck by a fragment of the bullet as it ricocheted off the ceiling.

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation into the incident continues. An investigation is ongoing and Pridgen said the police department will handle the situation like any other investigation.

The teacher had just told the class that he wanted to make sure his gun wasn't loaded, when the gun fired, according to Fermin Gonzales, IV, the injured boy's father.

Exactly why the teacher was displaying the weapon at all was not entirely clear.

'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.

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

"We're looking into any violation of city ordinance or the penal code and we'll determine whether or not there are any applicable charges", Pridgen said.

"I think a lot of questions are on parents' minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students", Diffenbaugh told KSBW.

He adds that, "Clearly, we will revisit this incident to ensure that something like this would never happen again".

Guns in schools are illegal in California but there is an exception for peace officers or those granted specific permission.

Alexander was awarded Reserve Office of the Year in 2013 and is also a Seaside City Council member and Red Cross volunteer.

UPDATE 5:30pm: MPUSD superintendent PK Diffenbaugh confirms that incident took place during an administration of justice class, a career pathway class that is unique to Seaside High in the school district.

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