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.
An email was sent out by the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District to the parents, stating: "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". Although Alexander is allowed to carry a weapon since he is a reserve police officer, the authorities don't know if he was granted permission to bring a firearm on campus.
Three students were injured by debris, including a 17-year-old whose father told KSBW-TV his son sustained moderate injuries when bullet fragments lodged in his neck. "It could have been very bad", Gonzales said.
"He's shaken up, but he's going to be OK", Gonzales told KSBW.
Gonzales said Alexander apologized to the class for mistakenly firing his gun, however, none of the school authorities checked up on all the students post-incident to make sure they were not hurt.
It was not clear if the he was placed on a paid or unpaid leave.
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It's unclear why the teacher was displaying the firearm.
"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", Pridgen postulated.
Teachers are legally not allowed to have firearms in California classrooms, even if they have a permit.
Guns and other weapons are prohibited on school grounds, though there are exceptions involving law enforcement.
Alexander has been a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department for 11 years. His track record was described as "positive and professional" and he was also made the 2013 Reserve Office of the Year.
He adds that, "Clearly, we will revisit this incident to ensure that something like this would never happen again". Among the proposals advanced is training and arming teachers, an approach favored by President Trump, among others but opposed by a majority of the teachers in the National Education Association, including many who said in an NEA survey that it would make them feel less safe.