Dennis Alexander is pictured in this file photo of Oct. 4, 2010.
A teacher at a Northern California high school has apologized for accidentally firing a gun in his classroom, causing minor injuries to three students.
Dennis Alexander, who was also elected as a member of the Resort Board, and a reserve officer in the vicinity of the police, apologized, and thanked the members of the community for their support at a meeting of the council on Thursday evening, the Monterey Herald newspaper .
“I can’t find the words to say how sorry I am for the incident,” he said at the packed meeting attended by about 100 students, which supported Alexander.
Students also have organized a petition to keep him on as a teacher. Alexander has been placed on administrative leave from his work at the school and his role in the Sand City Police Department.
The police said Alexander pointing the gun at the ceiling Tuesday to make sure it was not loaded when it discharged in his classroom of the Sea high School. He was not allowed to have a gun on the campus in the coastal community about 115 miles south of San Francisco.
The police said no one sustained serious injuries in the incident, a day for a national walkout by students to protest against gun violence in the schools.
The accidental shooting came amid a national debate over whether to arm teachers in the aftermath of a mass shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.