Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

School Teacher Dennis Alexander Accidentally Fired Gun In Classroom, Injuring 3 Students

School Teacher Dennis Alexander Accidentally Fired Gun In Classroom, Injuring 3 Students

Pridgen said class resumed after the incident was brought under control.

Three students from a Monterey County school are recovering from bullet fragment wounds after their teacher accidentally fired a gun in class during a gun safety lesson.

Dennis Alexander was teaching students at Seaside High School about gun safety for his Administration of Justice class when his weapon went off around 1:20 pm on Tuesday. He says his department will do an administrative investigation of the incident once Seaside PD completes its investigation.

According to a statement from Seaside Police, no one was seriously injured in the incident, although Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen says a male student was struck in the neck by "debris or fragmentation" from something overhead, and was transported to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for treatment.

The student's father Fermin Gonzales said he understands that it was an accident but said that "somebody could have died".

Sand City Police Chief Brian Ferrante told KSBW that he's concerned about why Alexander, a reserve officer with the department, had a loaded gun in the classroom. "It could have been very bad", Gonzales said, adding that the teacher was about to demonstrate how to disarm a person.


He was placed on administrative at Seaside High School and the police force as the investigation is conducted.

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. "I'm just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it". In the photo, a Utah teacher is shown how to handle a handgun by instructor Clint Simon (R), at a concealed-weapons training class to 200 Utah teachers in West Valley City, Utah, Dec. 27, 2012.

Even with a permit, teachers across California are not allowed to carry firearms.

Alexander is also being placed on leave with the local police department.

"I have concerns about why he (Alexander) was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom".

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh sent a letter to parents of students at Seaside High School informing them of what happened and said counseling services are available. In 2013, he was awarded Reserve Officer of the Year.

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