A teacher injured a student on Tuesday when he accidentally fired a pistol during a lecture about public safety, police said.
Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer, city councilman, and teacher at Seaside High School about 110 miles south of San Francisco was pointing a gun at the ceiling around 1:20 p.m. when he accidentally fired it, according to the Salinas Californian.
Alexander was teaching his students about public safety awareness when the gun went off and injured a student, who was hit in the neck by either bullet fragments or debris, Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen said.
The injury was not serious, although the student’s parents took him to the hospital.
While guns are not allowed on campus, law enforcement officials are allowed to be armed, Pridgen said.
It remains unclear whether Alexander was legally allowed to have a gun on campus since he serves as a reserve police officer for Sand City, and he has been placed on administrative leave during an ongoing investigation, according to Marci McFadden, a spokesperson for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.
The incident comes just one month after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting left 17 people dead and reignited a national debate about gun control laws and whether teachers should be armed in the classroom.
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Publish date : 2018-03-14 05:41:00