Monterey County teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injuring students

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A teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer and city councilman accidentally fired a pistol while lecturing about public safety in a Seaside High School classroom, police say.

A 17-year-old student was injured by a bullet fragment or by debris that fell off the ceiling, Pridgen said.

The teacher has since been placed on administration leave from the school and the Sand City Police Department.

"We're looking into any violation of city ordinance or the penal code and we'll determine whether or not there are any applicable charges", Seaside Police Chief Abdul D. Pridgen said of his department's investigation. An investigation is ongoing and Pridgen said the police department will handle the situation like any other investigation.

'It could have been very bad, ' Gonzales said. He told KSBW that Alexander had told the class that he wanted to make sure the gun wasn't loaded when it accidentally discharged.

"He's shaken up, but he's going to be OK", Gonzales told NBC-affiliated KSBW about his son who came back home with blood on shirt and neck.

The Monterey County Weekly, quoting Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante, reported that Alexander had his last gun safety training less than a year ago.

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Teachers in California are not allowed to carry firearms inside the class, even if they have a carry permit for concealed weapons.

Daniel "PK" Diffenbaugh, superintendent of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, told the Weekly that the incident occurred during the administration of justice class, a career track course offered by the school. 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'.

The school district sent out a letter to parents saying the students are all expected to be OK and that the teacher is facing disciplinary action.

While guns are not allowed on campus, law enforcement officials are allowed to be armed, Pridgen said.

He adds that, "Clearly, we will revisit this incident to ensure that something like this would never happen again". The school day resumed as normal, and Seaside Police Department officers launched an investigation. In 2013, he was awarded Reserve Officer of the Year.

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.