A 17-year-old student was injured by a bullet fragment when a teacher accidentally discharged a firearm at a Northern California school on Tuesday, police said.
The teacher, Dennis Alexander, is Seaside City’s mayor pro tem and a reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department. Polie said he was teaching a lesson at Seaside High School when he accidentally fired his weapon, CNN reports.
After the incident, Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job, according to the report.
The student’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
“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 affiliate KSBW. “Clearly in this incident protocols were not followed.”
The shooting comes a day before students and teachers across the country participate on walk out to honor the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas and call for stricter gun control laws.
The student’s father Fermin Gonzales said he understands that it was an accident but said that “somebody could have died.”
“It’s just so crazy, I can’t believe it,” he said.
Gonzales said Tuesday’s 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,” Gonzales said.
“If there’s an accident — people could die. If it’s just one, that’s more than enough,” he added.