SEASIDE, Calif. — A trainer at a Northern California highschool unintentionally fired his gun inside a classroom, inflicting minor accidents to 3 college students, however stored instructing whereas the scholars sat there, the mom of one of many college students stated Wednesday.
Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer, was pointing the gun on the ceiling Tuesday to verify it was not loaded when it discharged inside his classroom at Seaside Excessive College within the coastal group of Seaside, police stated.
Police stated nobody sustained severe accidents.
Alexander was not approved to have a gun on campus, Monterey Peninsula Unified College District spokeswoman Marci McFadden stated.
District coverage says solely faculty useful resource officers — lively legislation enforcement personnel employed as armed safety at colleges — can carry weapons on campuses.
Authorities have been investigating why Alexander had the gun and if officers have been conscious that he meant to carry it to highschool, McFadden stated.
Fermin Gonzales, 17, was injured when bullet fragments lodged in his neck, his mom Crystal Gonzales, informed The Related Press.
“I’m nonetheless actually upset nobody known as a nurse or a paramedic to come back examine on the scholars,” Gonzales stated. “They simply sat there till the bell rang.”
The unintended capturing got here amid a nationwide debate over whether or not to arm lecturers within the aftermath of a mass faculty capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Excessive College in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 college students and workers members.
On Wednesday, hundreds of highschool college students walked out of lecture rooms throughout the nation to protest gun violence in colleges.
A legislation that took impact in California on Jan. 1 halted the power of college districts to permit non-security staff to hold weapons on campus.
Gonzales stated the incident in Seaside occurred Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and that she didn’t hear about it till her son known as her hours later when the category ended and he went to a relative’s residence.
Alexander was instructing a gun security lesson in an administration of justice class and was about to point out the scholars learn how to disarm somebody, Gonzales stated.
She stated no officers contacted mother and father to allow them to know what occurred and that she was shocked when her son returned residence with blood on his shirt and bullet fragments in his neck. Because the boy’s mother and father rushed him to a hospital for X-rays, she stated the college’s principal known as her cellphone to apologize.
The teenager is okay, although he’s nonetheless shaken up and stayed residence Wednesday, his mom stated.
Gonzales stated police didn’t arrive on the faculty to research till three hours later and the household filed a police report.
Alexander was positioned on administrative go away from his instructing job and he was additionally positioned on administrative go away on the Sand Metropolis Police Division, police and college officers stated. Efforts to succeed in Alexander weren’t instantly profitable.
Then faculty district despatched a letter to oldsters saying its human sources division, the highschool directors and the Seaside Police Division “instantly started investigating the incident, together with interviewing college students within the class.”
It stated counselling was made out there to college students and that it couldn’t launch some other particulars “because of the nature of this personnel incident.”