California High School Student Injured After Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun in Classroom

A Northern California student was injured in school on Tuesday after his teacher accidentally fired a gun in the middle of a lesson. Dennis Alexander is a math and administration of justice teacher for Seaside High School, and he also happens to be a reserve officer for the Sand City Police Department. Police chief Abdul Pridgen told reporters that Alexander was teaching a public safety course with his gun out, and he “accidentally discharged his firearm into the ceiling.” The bullet didn’t hit anyone, but fragments and debris from the shot hit a 17 year old boy in the neck. The teenager’s injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening, but he was taken to the hospital for treatment, and Alexander was put on administrative leave. “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 Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh said to local media. “Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed.” An investigation found that there was no immediate threat to anyone else in the school, which remained in session for the rest of the day. Alexander has offered his apologies over the incident, though there are some questions about why he had his gun out and with live ammunition. “Best practice is you don’t take live firearms into a classroom,” Pridgen said, according to CBS. “You take what is called a dummy gun, which looks like a real gun but you can’t even put a magazine in it and you certainly can’t put bullets in it. I’m not sure what circumstances led to a firearm being used in this class.” Ever since the school shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, a national conversation was ignited over gun control and whether to allow teachers experienced with firearms to have guns in their classroom. The latter idea is frequently boosted by President Trump and the NRA, though critics argue its a dangerous and inefficient solution that could end up making an emergency situation even more chaotic. [Image via screengrab] — —
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