Teacher accidentally fires a gun in California high school during class on public safety

 usatoday.com  3/14/2018 1:15:00 AM 

One month after the Feb. 14 mass shooting that left 17 staff and students dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida, students across the country are planning a youth-led school walkout to protest gun violence and demand action from lawmakers. (March 13) AP

SALINAS, Calif. — A teacher accidentally fired a gun Tuesday during a class about public safety at a California classroom, police say.

No one was hurt at Seaside High School when teacher Dennis Alexander inadvertently fired one shot off at 1:20 p.m., according to a press release from the Seaside Police Department. 

Police did not specify what type of gun was used. A call seeking comment was not immediately returned. 

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Alexander had been teaching about public safety awareness, police said. 

Classes resumed at the Seaside school resumed shortly after the incident. 

Alexander also serves as a reserve police officer for the Sand City police and is a Seaside city councilman.

The incident, which follows the shooting deaths of 17 students and staff members at a high school in Parkland, Fla., comes amid a national debate on school safety and whether teachers should be armed on school campuses.

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