As some officials argue the answer to preventing school shootings lies in arming the nation’s teachers, one educator in California is in the news this week for his discharging a gun during class.
Authorities confirmed a high school teacher at Seaside High School in Sand City fired a gun during a safety demonstration.
The incident is believed to have been an accident, but reports indicate Dennis Alexander was not a school resource officer and did not have authorization from the school district to bring a firearm into the class.
Anderson, who reportedly also worked as a reserve police officer, has been placed on leave from both positions in the wake of the shooting.
Three students reportedly sustained injuries when he pointed the gun toward the ceiling and it discharged.
In a statement to Fox News, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District indicated that “there was no immediate threat” to students or faculty, despite one parent who claimed her child was moderately injured.
“I’m still really upset no one called a nurse or a paramedic to come check on students,” said Crystal Gonzales, who said her 17-year-old son was hit in his neck by shrapnel.
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