What started as a normal day in a California classroom quickly took a dark turn when a teacher who was giving a lecture on public safety injured 3 students by accidentally discharging a firearm in the classroom.
The teacher, Dennis Alexander was aiming the gun at the ceiling when he fired it on Tuesday at Seaside High School, reports Abdul Pridgen, the city’s police chief. Bullet fragments bounced off the ceiling and struck a 17 year old student in the neck, Pridgen said. Class reportedly resumed as usual after the incident.
Two other students were also injured by the debris but police state that the injuries they sustained were minor.
The father of the teen, Fermin Gonzales said that he rushed his son to the hospital after the student returned home from school with blood on his shirt and a neck injury. “He’s shaken up, but he’s going to be OK,” Gonzales told KSBW. “I’m just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it.”
The teacher, Dennis Alexander, also serves as a reserve officer for the Sand City Police Department and is also a Seaside City Councilman.
Alexander was placed on administrative leave by both the police department and school district while an investigation takes place into whether he was legally allowed to have a firearm on the schools campus.