Teacher 'Accidentally' Fires Gun In Class

Nellie Chapman
March 14, 2018

A California teacher armed with a handgun injured three students when he accidentally fired it at the ceiling during a gun safety class.

Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job and he was also placed on administrative leave at the Sand City Police Department.

He was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it, said Abdul Pridgen, chief of the Seaside Police Department. An investigation is ongoing and Pridgen said the police department will handle the situation like any other investigation.

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. He told KSBW that Alexander had told the class that he wanted to make sure the gun wasn't loaded when it accidentally discharged.

It's unclear why the teacher was displaying the firearm.

Gonzales said Alexander apologized to the class for mistakenly firing his gun, however, none of the school authorities checked up on all the students post-incident to make sure they were not hurt. 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'.

UPDATE 6:45pm: Diffenbaugh, in a follow up conversation, says it's against state law and district board policy to have a non-authorized individual carry a firearm on campus, and that Alexander was not authorized by the school district to have one.

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Alexander had been teaching a room of 16- and 17-year-old students about public safety awareness, police said.

Teachers are legally not allowed to have firearms in California classrooms, even if they have a permit. "We will be looking into that", Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante said.

Alexander was awarded Reserve Office of the Year in 2013 and is also a Seaside City Council member and Red Cross volunteer.

"I think a lot of questions are on parents' minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students", Diffenbaugh told KSBW.

On Tuesday afternoon, at around 1 p.m., the California authorities were summoned to the Seaside High School, an institution located south of San Francisco.

He adds that, "Clearly, we will revisit this incident to ensure that something like this would never happen again".

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