Teacher accidentally fires gun in classroom, student injured

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Seaside High School (Source: KSWB via CNN)Seaside High School (Source: KSWB via CNN)

(Meredith) – A teacher accidentally fired a pistol inside a California classroom while lecturing about public safety, according to police.

Dennis Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it Tuesday at Seaside High School, KSBW reports.

Bullet fragments ricocheted off the ceiling and hit a 17-year-old student in the neck, said Abdul Pridgen, chief of the Seaside Police Department. Shortly after the incident, class resumed as usual.

The teen’s father, Fermin Gonzales, said he rushed his son to the hospital after the 17-year-old returned from school with blood on his shirt and a neck injury. Fortunately, the injury was not serious.

“He’s shaken up, but he’s going to be OK,” Gonzales told KSBW. “I’m just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it.”

Alexander also serves as a reserve officer for Sand City police and is a Seaside city councilman.

The police department and school district placed Alexander on administrative leave while investigating whether he was legally allowed to have a gun on campus. Guns and other weapons are prohibited on school grounds, though there are exceptions involving law enforcement.

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