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California teacher who fired shot in gun safety class, injuring pupils, ‘did not commit a crime’

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced that it had determined Dennis Alexander did not commit a crime when he fired into a ceiling at a high school

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2018, 11:12pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 June, 2018, 11:45pm

Prosecutors say a teacher who accidentally fired a gun inside a Northern California classroom while teaching firearm safety will not face charges.

The Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it had determined Dennis Alexander did not commit a crime when he fired into a ceiling. Some Seaside High School pupils were injured by falling debris.

Three students injured during gun-safety lesson

KSBW-TV reports that Alexander will be given an infraction offence for leaving a handgun in an unattended vehicle.

The district attorney’s office determined Alexander did not violate any laws when he allowed students to handle his police service weapon and take selfies with it.

California has a state law banning teachers from bringing guns to school but prosecutors say Alexander was legally allowed to carry firearms on campus because he is a reserve police officer.

Alexander is a Seaside City Council member. He resigned from his teaching job.