Teacher Who Fired Gun in School Safety Class Resigns

California's Dennis Alexander accidentally shot at the ceiling
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 12, 2018 10:13 AM CDT
Teacher Whose Gun Went Off in Safety Class Resigns
Seaside City Council member Dennis Alexander has resigned from a teaching post.   (David Royal/ Monterey County Herald via AP, File)

A teacher who accidentally fired a gun inside a Northern California classroom while teaching firearm safety has resigned. KSBW-TV reports that Dennis Alexander submitted his resignation to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District on March 29. It will be effective at the end of the school year. Police say Alexander last month was pointing the gun at the ceiling to make sure it wasn't loaded when the weapon discharged. No one sustained serious injuries.

School district spokeswoman Marci McFadden says Alexander remains on administrative leave while the internal disciplinary process continues, per the AP. Alexander is an administration of justice teacher at Seaside High School, reserve Sand City police officer, and Seaside City Council member. The coastal community is about 115 miles south of San Francisco.

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