California teacher accidentally fires gun in class, police say

A teacher at a California high school who accidentally fired his gun during a class, reportedly injuring three students, was not authorized to have a gun at school, officials said.

Dennis Alexander, a teacher at Seaside High School and reserve officer with the Sand City Police Department, was teaching an "Administration of Justice" class Tuesday when he reportedly pointed his firearm at the ceiling during a lesson and accidentally shot it.

Police told The Associated Press that Alexander had pointed his gun at the ceiling to make sure it was not loaded when the weapon discharged.

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District said that Alexander was not authorized to have a firearm at the school because he's not a school resource officer. Authorities were investigating why Alexander had the gun and if officials were aware he intended to bring it to school.

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