Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

NorCal Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun, Injures Student During Safety Lesson

NorCal Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun, Injures Student During Safety Lesson

A teacher accidentally fired a pistol inside a California classroom while lecturing about public safety and injured three students, according to police.

On Tuesday afternoon, at around 1 p.m., the California authorities were summoned to the Seaside High School, an institution located south of San Francisco.

'He's shaken up, but he's going to be OK, Gonzales said.

First responders arrived after a couple of minutes and took a male student to the nearby emergency room to received treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the neck area.

Dennis Alexander accidentally fired a pistol while discussing public safety in a Seaside High School classroom, according to police.


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. Apparently, Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when it went off.

Sand City police Chief Brian Ferrante described the teacher's track record as "positive and professional", however, he wondered why he brought a loaded gun in a classroom full of students. The teacher reportedly apologized to the stunned group of students.

The student's father Fermin Gonzales said he understands that it was an accident but said that "somebody could have died". He also serves as a Seaside City Council member and a Red Cross volunteer. An investigation is ongoing and Pridgen said the police department will handle the situation like any other investigation.

The shooting occurred amid intense national debate over whether to arm teachers across the nation or come up with more sensible gun laws, which allowed the 19-year-old school Florida shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to legally purchase a military-style rifle. 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.

Teachers in California are not allowed to carry firearms inside the class, even if they have a carry permit for concealed weapons. "We will be looking into that".

"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. 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.

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

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