California teacher trained in gun use accidentally discharges firearm in classroom


A teacher at a California high school trained in gun use accidentally discharged a gun Tuesday in a classroom as he was giving a lesson on public safety.

The weapon was pointed at the ceiling when it was accidentally discharged at Seaside High School in Monterey County, Calif., The Washington Post reported, citing a statement from the school.

The statement said the teacher, who was identified as Dennis Alexander, a math and administration of justice teacher, was placed on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation.

“The safety of your student is always our top priority, and we will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep them safe while they are under our care,” the statement said.

Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen told the Monterey County Weekly that a student was struck with “debris or fragmentation from something overhead.”

He said the student was not struck with a bullet and it was “not life threatening.”

Police said the teacher – who serves as a reserve police officer for Sandy City and a Seaside city councilman – last had a gun safety training “a little less than a year ago.”

Police said he had the gun out in the classroom because he was “providing instruction related to public safety.”

The incident comes as gun control has become a central issue following the deadly shooting last month at a Florida high school.

Students who survived the shooting have become vocal advocates for gun control, demanding that lawmakers take action to keep their schools safe.

Trump and lawmakers have been discussing ways to prevent future school shootings. Trump has raised the idea of arming teachers in schools, arguing that it would deter potential school shooters. The proposal has been met with backlash.