A teacher trained in weapons use has been suspended after accidentally firing his gun in a classroom in California, injuring three students.
Dennis Alexander was teaching a gun safety lesson for his administration of justice class at Seaside high school, near Monterey in northern California, on Tuesday.
The police say the teacher, who also serves as a reserve police officer, was pointing the gun at the ceiling in an attempt to make sure it was not loaded, when the weapon discharged.
Three students were injured by debris, including a 17-year-old whose father told local TV station KSBW that his son was hurt when bullet fragments lodged in his neck.
Alexander was placed on administrative leave both from his teaching job and from the Sand City police department, where he also serves.
The Sand City police chief, Brian Ferrante, told KSBW: “I have concerns about why he was displaying a loaded firearm in a classroom. We will be looking into that.”
Fermin Gonzales, the father of the 17-year-old, said his son was shaken up but OK.
“It’s the craziest thing. It could have been very bad,” Gonzales said.