Gun violence is a *hot* topic in America right now. People are getting pretty upset about it, particularly as politicians and activists highlight the shocking rise in gun-related crime and school shootings and go to battle over how to best deal with it. On one hand are those who preach stricter gun control, on the other hand are those who say the solution lies elsewhere. One solution focuses on arming teachers and training them on how to respond to armed threats, and also educating children on gun and firearm safety.
Cue Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer for Sand City Police Department, who taught a course on administration of justice at Seaside High School. As part of the class he would cover gun safety and bring in a real firearm to show his students how to perform manoeuvres such as disarming an attacker, or how to check the gun’s safety. However, before actually performing the manoeuvre as part of a demonstration Dennis Alexander went to check that the gun was not loaded and discharged the weapon.
Unfortunately, it was totally loaded.
The bullet hit a ceiling tile and ricocheted, causing injuries to three different students in the room with Dennis. Officials are not sure if the teacher in question has brought loaded weapons into the school before, or whether this was a bizarre one off, but an investigation has been opened to check whether further action needs to be taken.
“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,” the police chief told local reporters.
Student Hurt After Teacher Accidentally Fires Gun in Class.— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) 14 March 2018
•The 17 year old boy suffered moderate injuries to his neck from bullet fragments in California.
•The reserve police officer, was teaching a course about gun safety: @nbcbayarea https://t.co/MuHPE4fTtT pic.twitter.com/IapvQXBB9z
Another police officer said,
“I have concerns about why he was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom. We will be looking into that.”
Despite this Dennis Alexander has previously held a very good track record. He was named reserve police officer of the year in 2013. However he has still been placed on administrative leave and the school emailed parents telling them:
“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.”