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Teacher accidentally fires gun during safety lecture at California high school

Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times on

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A teacher at a Monterey County, Calif., high school accidentally fired a gun in a classroom Tuesday afternoon during a lecture on "public safety awareness," authorities said.

Dennis Alexander, who also serves as a reserve police officer with Sand City, discharged the weapon at Seaside High School about 1:20 p.m., according to the Seaside Police Department.

Police Chief Abdul Pridgen told the Salinas Californian that the teacher was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it.

A student hit by bullet fragments or ceiling debris sustained a minor neck injury, Pridgen told the newspaper. Seaside police said in a news release that no one was "seriously injured."

School resumed after the incident.

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