Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Armed Teacher Injures Students When Handgun Accidentally Fires During Gun Safety Class

Armed Teacher Injures Students When Handgun Accidentally Fires During Gun Safety Class

A news release from the Seaside Police Department said no one suffered "serious injuries". Alexander was teaching a gun safety course as part of his administration of justice class when he fired a single shot from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling, the Monterey County Herald and KSBW reported. Clearly, he wasn't teaching it right. Alexander was not authorized by the district to have a gun on campus.

He said the student was not struck with a bullet and it was "not life threatening".

Gonzales said he learned about the incident when his 17-year-old son came home with blood on his shirt and bullet fragments in his neck.

'He's shaken up, but he's going to be OK, Gonzales said. "I'm just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it", the father told the TV station. The student's parents rushed him to a hospital for X-rays.

"I have concerns about why he was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom", Ferrante told KSBW. 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 was named reserve officer of the year in 2013.

Alexander has been put on administrative leave during the investigation, though it wasn't clear whether it was paid or unpaid leave, McFadden said.

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In an email to parents, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District said, "Upon learning of the incident, our Human Resources department, school site administration and the Seaside Police Department immediately began investigating the incident, including interviewing students in the class".

The school issued a statement regarding the incident saying counseling services will be available for students who may need it.

It does not appear that Alexander has faced any legal action yet for the shooting.

He was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it, said Abdul Pridgen, chief of the Seaside Police Department. Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, was arrested.

Alexander has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the on-going investigation. He allegedly barricaded himself in a classroom and no children were injured.

According to the father, school officials did not check to make sure students were uninjured after the incident.

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