REPORT: Teacher resigns after firing pistol during gun safety class


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A teacher in California who accidentally fired a pistol during a gun safety class and injured three students has resigned.

Dennis Alexander, an administration of justice teacher at Seaside High School, submitted his resignation on March 29 and will become effective at the end of the school year, the Monterey County Herald reported.

The article goes on to state the following:

Marci McFadden, a spokeswoman for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, told the newspaper in an email that Alexander remains on administrative leave as an “internal disciplinary process” continues.

Alexander, a reserve officer in the Sand City Police Department and a Seaside City councilman, accidentally discharged his Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun while teaching students about gun safety during a class in March. Three students were hurt by falling ceiling debris after Alexander’s police service weapon inexplicably went off.

Just moments before the accident, Alexander had reportedly told students that he wanted to be sure his gun wasn’t loaded, then it accidentally discharged.

Alexander apologized afterward, saying he “couldn’t find the words” to express how sorry he was for the incident.

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