Dennis Alexander, a teacher at Coast High School in California and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department, has been placed on administration leave after accidentally firing his gun during a lesson and allegedly injuring three students, officials said.
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A teacher at a California high school who accidentally fired his gun during a lesson, allegedly injuring three students, was not allowed to put a gun to school, officials said.
Dennis Alexander, a teacher at Coast High School and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department, was the teaching of the “Administration of Justice” class Tuesday when he reportedly pointed his firearm at the ceiling during class and accidentally shot.
The police told The Associated Press that Alexander had pointed his gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when the weapon discharged.
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The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District said that Alexander was not authorized to have a firearm at the school, because he has no school resource officer. Authorities were investigating why Alexander had the gun, and if officials were aware that he intended to bring it to school.
The school district told Fox News in a statement that an immediate investigation determined that there is no direct threat to students or employees,” but a student’s mother told the AP that her son suffered minor injuries.
Crystal Gonzales said her 17-year-old son, Fermin, was injured when bullet fragments were lodged in his neck after the ricocheting of the ceiling.
“I am still very upset no one called a nurse or paramedic to come check on the students,” Gonzales said, adding that parents were not told of the incident and the students “sat there until the bell rang.”
The mother said that she did not hear about what happened until her son called her hours later. She said the principal called her cell phone to apologize.
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Alexander was placed on administrative leave from both his job as a teacher and the police department, where KSBW reported he is a reserve police officer for 11 years.
The incident came on the same day as a school resource officer at a Virginia high school accidentally fired his gun while the children were attending classes.
In addition, a sheriff of the county in Michigan apologized, also on Tuesday, accidentally his gun in the locker room bathroom of a high school in the weekend.
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The accidental firings come in the midst of a national debate on the subject of the armament of the teachers at school.
Deputy Scot Peterson, of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, was stationed at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Florida, as the school resource officer on Feb. 14 when a gunman entered a building on the campus and 17 people killed.
Later it was revealed Peterson never entered the building, despite hearing gunshots.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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