Teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injures student


Three students were injured in Northern California when a teacher's gun accidentally discharged in a classroom during a safety demonstration, police say.

"I have concerns about why he was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom", Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante told KSBW.

"Best practice is you don't take live firearms into a classroom", Chief Pridgen said. According to the City of Seaside website, Alexander also serves as Mayor Pro Tem, meaning he fills in for the mayor when the mayor is unavailable.

Fermin Gonzales, the father of the 17-year-old boy with neck bruising, told local broadcaster KSBW that the teacher had wanted to show the class how to disarm someone and was checking to see if the weapon was loaded. Alexander, a reserve cop in the Sand City Police Department, has apologized for his ballistic blunder.

"It's the craziest thing", said Gonzales, who added that bruising to his son's neck appeared to have been caused by a bullet fragment. No one was seriously injured.

But no one at the school checked to make sure that all of the students were uninjured, Gonzales said.

Alexander has taught the course in the past but Pridgen said he doesn't know if he'd ever brought a live firearm to the school before.

In a White House "listening session" with gun violence survivors last month following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Trump suggested loosening concealed carry laws to allow ostensibly adept teachers to bring their guns to school.

For anyone who still thinks that the solution to fighting school shootings is to give every teacher in America a gun...yeah, that's a bad idea. His track record was described as "positive and professional" and he was also made the 2013 Reserve Office of the Year. One might even argue that he was "highly trained".

The letter also stated that the school district is unable to share any other details other than Alexander has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the on-going investigation. Questions remain about why the teacher had a loaded gun on campus.

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.