Seaside High teacher believed to have accidentally fired gun in class

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation has been launched

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation has been launched

Alexander was showing the teens how to disarm someone and had the gun pointed up when it went off hitting the ceiling, shattering a section and pieces fell to the floor.

In an email to parents, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District said, "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".

Fermin Gonzales said his 17-year-old son was injured during the incident and had to be taken to the hospital for bullet fragments in his neck.

Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante told local TV news station KSBW he'd be "looking into that". "It could have been very bad".

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"He's shaken up, but he's going to be OK". "I'm just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it".

Alexander has taught the course in the past but Pridgen said he did not know if he had ever brought a live firearm to the school before. Alexander is also a reserve police officer in nearby Sand City on Monterey Bay.

He was pointing the gun at the ceiling at the time. Explain to me how we're supposed to trust all teachers with weapons in the class! Most of the students attending the class were between the ages of 16 and 17 years, the Californian reported.

The father told KSBW that the teacher was preparing to use the gun to show how to disarm someone.

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Dennis Alexander was supposed to be teaching a lesson on public safety for his Administration of Justice class at Seaside High School. "Clearly, we will revisit this incident to ensure that something like this would never happen again".

P.K. Diffenbaugh, superintendent of the school district, told the publication that state law and school policies forbid non-authorized personnel from carrying a firearm on campus.

Alexander has been put on administrative leave during the investigation, though it wasn't clear whether it was paid or unpaid leave, McFadden said.

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the on-going investigation.

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He said the student was not struck with a bullet and it was "not life threatening". President Donald Trump has propagated the idea of arming teachers with guns.

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