A California teacher and reserve police officer was placed on leave after he accidentally fired a gun in the classroom, injuring one student.
Fortunately, the student did not sustain any serious injury, the student's father, Fermin Gonzales, said.
On Tuesday afternoon, at around 1 p.m., the California authorities were summoned to the Seaside High School, an institution located south of San Francisco.
"It's the craziest thing", Gonzales told the station.
First responders arrived after a couple of minutes and took a male student to the nearby emergency room to received treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the neck area.
Dennis Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it Tuesday at Seaside High School, said Abdul Pridgen, the city's police chief. The man was just to explain the attendees about pistol safety when the weapon went off, the slug hitting the ceiling.
Today, during class, the teacher accidentally discharged his firearm during a lesson while it was pointed at the ceiling. The Sand City Police Department also placed Alexander on administrative leave.
The teacher was identified as Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer for the Sand City Police Department. Most of the students attending the class were between the ages of 16 and 17 years, the Californian reported.
"I have concerns about why he (Alexander) was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom".
However, Marci McFadden, chief of communication and engagement with the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, said Monterey school district's policy does make an exception for school resource officers when it comes to carrying guns and other weapons on campus. "It could have been very bad". Alexander was believed to have been providing instruction related to public safety awareness when he fired a single shot from a semi-automatic handgun into the ceiling.
Teachers are legally not allowed to have firearms in California classrooms, even if they have a permit.
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.
Classes at the school resumed after the incident.
He adds that, "Clearly, we will revisit this incident to ensure that something like this would never happen again".
The incident comes amid a national debate on how to protect students from mass shootings like the one that took the lives of 17 students in Parkland, Fla., on February 14.
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