California teacher trained in gun use accidentally discharges firearm in classroom

Dennis Alexander a teacher at Seaside High School in California accidentally fired a gun inside a classroom injuring a student

Dennis Alexander a teacher at Seaside High School in California accidentally fired a gun inside a classroom injuring a student

No one was seriously injured.

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.

The school posted a message on its website reading in part, "The safety and well-being of students and staff are high priorities for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District".

"He's shaken up, but he's going to be OK", Gonzales told NBC-affiliated KSBW about his son who came back home with blood on shirt and neck.

"Upon learning of the incident, school site administration, the District Office, and the Seaside Police Department immediately began investigating, including interviewing students in the class".

According to the father, school officials did not check to make sure students were uninjured after the incident.

"It's the craziest thing", Gonzales, father of the injured teen, told the station.

Allegedly, while delivering the lecture, Alexander drew out his service gun and pointed it towards the ceiling. In the photo, a Utah teacher is shown how to handle a handgun by instructor Clint Simon (R), at a concealed-weapons training class to 200 Utah teachers in West Valley City, Utah, Dec. 27, 2012.

Dennis Alexander, a teacher and a reserve cop from the nearby Sand City Police Department, has been placed on leave at both the school and the department pending an investigation, local outlet KSBW reported.

It's unclear why the teacher was displaying the firearm. "We will be looking into that", Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante said.

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

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

UPDATE 6:45pm: Diffenbaugh, in a follow up conversation, says it's against state law and district board policy to have a non-authorized individual carry a firearm on campus, and that Alexander was not authorized by the school district to have one.

The teacher was identified as Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer for the Sand City Police Department and a Seaside councilman.

In addition to teaching, Alexander works as a reserve police officer.

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