A teacher/reserve police officer accidentally fired a gun inside a classroom at Seaside High School in California on March 13.
Dennis Alexander was teaching gun safety to an Administration of Justice class when he pointed his gun at the ceiling and it fired.
Fermin Gonzales, told KSBW, that his 17-year-old son had moderate injuries when bullet fragments ricocheted and struck his neck:
He’s shaken up, but he’s going to be OK. I’m just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it.
According to Gonzales, the teacher told the class he wanted to make sure his firearm was not loaded when he discharged it.
Gonzales said the teacher was showing the kids how to disarm someone with a gun, although it’s not clear why the children would need do that.
The teacher, who is a reserve officer for the Sand City Police Department, apologized.
Gonzales said that no one at the school checked to make sure that all of the students were uninjured, but the police did launch an investigation.
Alexander was placed on administrative leave from the school and the Sand City Police Department.
Teachers are not legally allowed to have guns in classrooms, even with a concealed carry permit, in California.