Armed Teacher Injures Students When Handgun Accidentally Fires During Gun Safety Class

Seaside teacher, councilman and reserve officer accidentally discharges weapon in gun safety demonstration.

A high school teacher at Seaside High School in Northern California accidentally fired off a gun inside of classroom and injured three students.

The teacher, identified by police as Dennis Alexander, offers a public safety class at Seaside High School in Seaside, California.

Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen told the Monterey County Weekly that a student was struck with "debris or fragmentation from something overhead".

An email from the Monterey Penninsula Unified School District to parents after school Tuesday said Alexander has been placed on leave while it investigates the incident, reported The Monterey Herald.

Classes at the school resumed after the incident.

Alexander, also a Seaside City Council member, has been a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department for 11 years with a "positive and professional" reputation, Chief Brian Ferrante told KSBW. Alexander was demonstrating how to handle a gun safely when it fired. Don't even want to read the comments on KSBW TV Action News 8's page because this guy has contributed more to his community than some rando spitting garbage on Facebook.

"I left school, to make sure the metal was out of my neck", Fermin said.

A picture obtained by KSBW showed the student with small red bruising to his neck, which Gonzales said appeared to be caused by a bullet fragment. He was the department's 2013 reserve officer of the year.

"It's the craziest thing", Gonzales told the station.

The Monterey school district's policy prohibits anyone besides school resource officers from carrying guns and other weapons on campus, McFadden said.

In conclusion, if some folks are so eager to arm teachers, it's probably best the teacher is well equipped to handle a gun so that a boring calculus class isn't turned into a firing range. This one by a trained teacher who accidentally fired his gun.

"We have to have a safe environment for our kids and clearly in this incident it was not", said PK Diffenbaugh, the school district superintendent. Explain to me how we're supposed to trust all teachers with weapons in the class!

The massacre of 17 students and staff in Parkland, Florida, last month has ignited a nationwide debate over whether some teachers should be armed, with President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in favor.

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