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High school reserve officer accidentally fires gun during safety lesson, injuring student

16 March 2018

Ferrante told the television station that Alexander has been a reserve Sand City police officer for the past 11 years, and described his track record as "positive and professional". He was pointing his gun at the ceiling when it went off, and pieces of the ceiling hit the ground. According to police Chief Abdul Pridgen, Dennis #Alexander accidentally discharged a semiautomatic weapon, aimed at the ceiling, and three students were subsequently injured by falling debris.

"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.

"I look at my shirt like that, and then there's like blood on my shirt", said Fermin Gonzales, Jr, one of the injured students.

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"I just think it was an accident that happened, and we're going to investigate it and find out, and we're going to move forward", Capt. D.C. Hayes told NBC Washington.

Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job and he was also placed on administrative leave at the Sand City Police Department, police and school officials said. Alexander, also a Seaside city council member, reportedly apologized for the incident.

"I have concerns about why he was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom", Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante told KSBW. As far as we know, firearms are not allowed on the school's campus, even by staff. He's very likely not a MAGA fan, either; aside from holding elected office in a very Democratic portion of a very Democratic Monterey County, Alexander's main gig at Seaside High is teaching math in Spanish (the school's student body is 89 percent minority).

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Monterey Peninsula Unified School District spokeswoman Marci McFadden told The Associated Press that only school resource officers are authorized to carry guns.

The incident comes amid a national debate on how to protect students from mass shootings like the one that took the lives of 17 people in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. We will also have counseling services available for students.

Seventeen students and administrators were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire with a semi-automatic military-style rifle. He was the department's 2013 reserve officer of the year.

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A comment on the KSBW Facebook about the Seaside incident said, "This is clear example why teachers shouldn't have a gun". President Donald Trump has propagated the idea of arming teachers with guns.

High school reserve officer accidentally fires gun during safety lesson, injuring student