This was supposed to be a public safety lesson, but suddenly a gun was fired, injuring a student…
The accident happened at Seaside High School in Seaside, Northern California. According to Abdul Pridgen, the city’s police chief, Seaside City’s mayor pro tem Dennis Alexander was giving a lesson about public safety when he pointed a gun at the ceiling and accidentally fired it. A 17-year-old student was injured by a bullet fragment or by the debris that fell from the ceiling, Pridgen said.
Later the police said that the injuries appeared superficial.
Following the incident, Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job.
“I think a lot of questions on parents’ minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students,” Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh told CNN. “Clearly, in this incident, protocols were not followed.”
Coincidentally the incident came just a day before walkouts to honor the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where students and teachers wanted to call for stricter gun control laws.
The injured student’s father Fermin Gonzales commented that the incident changed his views about President Donald Trump’s recent proposal to arm teachers. “I was kinda leaning toward having armed people in school in case something happened. After today, I get why people say there should be no guns in schools. If there’s an accident – people could die. If it’s just one, that’s more than enough,” he said.
Currently, guns are illegal in Californian schools, but there is an exception for peace officers or those granted specific permission.