One month after the deadly Valentine's Day Florida school massacre, which claimed 17 innocent lives, a teacher from Seaside High School, California, accidentally fired a gun during a safety class on Tuesday.
Police say Alexander, who also serves as a reserve police officer, was pointing the gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when the weapon discharged.
One of the three sustained injuries to the neck by either flying bullet fragments or the debris falling from the ceiling.
Pending a complete police investigation, the California teacher was placed on administrative leave.
The teacher was identified by police as Dennis Alexander, who teaches math as well as a course in the administration of justice.
Seaside police said they are working closely with the high school's administrators to investigate the incident. The school will have counselors available to students Wednesday.More news: Nishikawa guides McKeever to record-setting gold
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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.
Alexander "accidentally discharged his firearm into the ceiling", said Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen.
The incident comes amid a national debate on school safety and whether teachers should be armed on school campuses.
Due to the nature of this personnel incident, we are unable to share any other details. "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 Superintendent's Office wrote in a letter to the parents of the students.
Dennis Alexander is seen in this image provided by KSBW. He was the department's 2013 reserve officer of the year.
Alexander has been put on administrative leave during the investigation, though it wasn't clear whether it was paid or unpaid leave, McFadden said. Trump has raised the idea of arming teachers in schools, arguing that it would deter potential school shooters. Because using anything besides a gun wouldn't have been as effective I guess and the best way to unload a gun is to shoot it in a class full of kids. He planned to teach his students how to disarm someone and fired the gun at the ceiling to make sure it wasn't loaded... yes, seriously. A single shot was sacked from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling, according to the Seaside Police Department.