Teacher accidentally fires gun in classroom, student injured

Teacher accidentally fires gun in classroom, student injured

Teacher accidentally fires gun in classroom, student injured

A teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer and city councilman accidentally fired a pistol while lecturing about public safety in a Seaside High School classroom, police say.

According to Seaside Police Chief Abdul D. Pridgen, a student was struck in the neck by debris or a fragment after the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling.

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.

Two other students were also injured by debris, but police said all of their injuries are minor.

A news release from the Seaside Police Department said no one suffered "serious injuries".

Gonzales said Tuesday's incident changed his views about President Donald Trump's recent proposal to arm teachers.

Alexander had just told the class that he wanted to make sure his gun wasn't loaded when it went off, leaving the children stunned, Fermin Gonzales, the 17-year-old's father, said. 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. 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.

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Guns in schools are illegal in California but there is an exception for peace officers or those granted specific permission.

He was placed on administrative at Seaside High School and the police force as the investigation is conducted.

Even with a permit, teachers across California are not allowed to carry firearms.

Ferrante adds that Alexander has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of his department's investigation, which will determine if any of the department's policies regarding the safe handling of firearms were violated.

"I think a lot of questions are on parents' minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students", Diffenbaugh told KSBW. "Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed". In 2013, he was awarded Reserve Officer of the Year.

The incident comes amid a national debate on school safety and whether teachers should be armed on school campuses.

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