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 in during a lesson and allegedly injuring three students.
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A teacher at a California high school has been placed on administration leave after accidentally firing his gun in during a lesson and allegedly injuring three students.
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 pointed his firearm at the ceiling during class and accidentally shot.
The department of the police, who do not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, 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, 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 father told KSBW-TV that his son suffered minor injuries.
Fermin Gonzales said that his 17-year-old son was injured by bullet fragments lodged in his neck after the ricocheting of the ceiling.
“It’s the craziest thing. It could be very bad,” Gonzalez told the news station, adding his son is “shaken up” but “will be fine.”
“I’m just very upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police to tell us,” the father added.
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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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