California teacher accidentally fires pistol, injures student during public safety lecture

California teacher accidentally fires pistol, injures student during public safety lecture

Three students from a Monterey County school are recovering from bullet fragment wounds after their teacher accidentally fired a gun in class during a gun safety lesson.

An email was sent out by the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District to the parents, stating: "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".

A Seaside High School teacher, who also served as a reserve police officer and a city councilman in Seaside, California, accidentally fired a gun inside the classroom.

One 17-year-old boy was hit in the neck by a fragment of the bullet as it ricocheted off the ceiling. But Fermin Gonzales, father of the boy injured in the neck, said he only became aware of what happened when his son returned home with blood on his shirt-so his parents took him to hospital for X-rays.

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

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.


It's unclear why the teacher was displaying the firearm.

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", Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante said.

According to The Californian, guns and other weapons are not allowed on the school's campus but there are exceptions for law enforcement. "Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed".

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.

The incident occurred amid intense national debate over whether school teachers should be armed in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. shooting that left at least 17 people dead. Trump has raised the idea of arming teachers in schools, arguing that it would deter potential school shooters.

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