Reserve officer accidentally fires gun at Calif. school

Reserve officer accidentally fires gun at Calif. school

Three students at a California high school were injured when a teacher accidentally fired a gun during class.

Alexander was teaching his students about public safety awareness when the gun went off and injured a student, who was hit in the neck by either bullet fragments or debris, Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen said.

Carrying a weapon on a school campus without authorization (which Alexander doesn't have) is illegal in California. The teen did not suffer life-threatening injuries. The student's parents took him to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, he said.

Alexander has been put on administrative leave during the investigation, though it wasn't clear whether it was paid or unpaid leave, McFadden said.

Ferrante said Alexander - who also is a Seaside City Council member - has been a reserve officer for the past 11 years, and described his track record as "positive and professional".

Teachers are not legally allowed to have firearms in California classrooms, even if they have a concealed carry permit, except with explicit authorization, which Alexander did not have, Diffenbaugh said.

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UPDATE 5:30pm: MPUSD superintendent PK Diffenbaugh confirms that incident took place during an administration of justice class, a career pathway class that is unique to Seaside High in the school district.

It's unclear why the teacher was displaying the firearm. The man was just to explain the attendees about pistol safety when the weapon went off, the slug hitting the ceiling. "We will be looking into that", Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante told KSBW. He was named reserve officer of the year in 2013.

Gonzales claimed Alexander told his class he wanted to be sure that his gun wasn't loaded.

Not until Tuesday evening did Seaside High School's administration send a letter to parents, telling them, "Upon learning of the incident, our Human Resources department, school site administration and the Seaside Police Department immediately began investigating the incident, including interviewing students in the class".

Whether teachers should be trained and armed in the classroom has become a hot topic in the wake of last month's mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida. President Donald Trump has propagated the idea of arming teachers with guns.

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