A Teacher With Extensive Firearms Training Accidentally Shot A Student During A Public Safety Demonstration

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According to reports, authorities are looking into pressing criminal charges against a high school math teacher who allegedly and accidentally non-fatally injured a male student after he discharged a firearm during a class about public safety.

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The Washington Post reports Dennis Alexander is a reserve police officer and Seaside City Councilman with extensive firearms training — and even with that background, he still managed to shoot a student at Seaside High School. He was allegedly pointing his gun to the ceiling to see if it was loaded when the gun accidentally discharged and the bullet sent “debris or fragmentation” flying into a 17-year-old student’s neck.

The father of the student, Fermin Gonzales, told KSBW that his son would be OK, but he’s upset that no one informed the family about the incident:

“It’s the craziest thing. It could have been very bad. He’s shaken up, but he’s going to be okay. I’m just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it.”


Alexander has been placed on administrative leave at the school and the Sand City Police Department. As far as we know, firearms are not allowed on the school’s campus, even by staff. We’ll keep you posted if anything else happens.

[Image via Seaside City Council.]

Mar 14, 2018 5:26pm PDT

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