Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

NorCal Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun, Injures Student During Safety Lesson

NorCal Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun, Injures Student During Safety Lesson

A teacher who is also a reserve police officer trained in firearm use accidentally discharged a gun Tuesday at Seaside High School in Monterey County, California, during a class devoted to public safety.

One student suffered an injury to his neck from either bullet fragments or debris falling from the ceiling, Pridgen said.

According to Abdul Pridgen, chief of the Seaside Police Department, Alexander was pointing the firearm at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it.

He said the student was not struck with a bullet and it was "not life threatening".

Gonzales said Alexander apologized to the class for mistakenly firing his gun, however, none of the school authorities checked up on all the students post-incident to make sure they were not hurt. The school will have counselors available to students Wednesday.

'We want to make you aware of an accident that occurred in the Administration of Justice class today at Seaside High School. Alexander was demonstrating how to handle a gun safely when it fired.

The student injured during the California teacher's lecture has been released from the emergency room a couple of hours later.

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. Alexander is also a Seaside City Council member who teaches mathematics in Spanish.

"Due to the nature of this personnel incident, we are unable to share any other details", the letter said.

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

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation takes place, according to the 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 statement said. Trump has raised the idea of arming teachers in schools, arguing that it would deter potential school shooters. Alexander was teaching a gun safety course when he fired a single shot from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling, the Monterey Herald and KSBW reported.

"I have concerns about why he (Alexander) was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom". Judy Veloz of the Seaside police told HuffPost.

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