Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer, city councilman, and teacher at Seaside High School about 110 miles south of San Francisco was pointing a gun at the ceiling around 1:20 p.m. when he accidentally fired it, according to the Salinas Californian.
Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job and he was also placed on administrative leave at the Sand City Police Department.
The student injured during the California teacher's lecture has been released from the emergency room a couple of hours later. But Fermin Gonzales, father of the boy injured in the neck, said he only became aware of what happened when his son returned home with blood on his shirt-so his parents took him to hospital for X-rays.More news: German parliament confirms Chancellor Angela Merkel for 4th term
Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen told the Monterey County Weekly that a male student was "struck in the neck by "debris or fragmentation" from something overhead.' " Pridgen said whatever hit the student was not a bullet.
'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.
Teachers are legally not allowed to have firearms in California classrooms, even if they have a permit.
It's unclear why the teacher was displaying the firearm.More news: Rep. Stephanie Murphy: Trump's 'Big Game' on Guns Falls Short
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent P.K. Diffenbaugh echoed Ferrante's thoughts.
The school district sent out a letter to parents saying the students are all expected to be OK and that the teacher is facing disciplinary action.
Guns in schools are illegal in California but there is an exception for peace officers or those granted specific permission. "Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed".
Alexander has been a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department for 11 years.More news: Federer takes care of business, Djokovic crashes out
The incident comes as gun control has become a central issue following the deadly shooting last month at a Florida high school. 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.
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