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Monterey County teacher accidentally fires gun in class, injuring students

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Dennis Alexander (Courtesy: KSBW) Dennis Alexander (Courtesy: KSBW)
Bullet fragment (Courtesy: KSBW) Bullet fragment (Courtesy: KSBW)
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Three students from a Monterey County school are recovering from bullet fragment wounds after their teacher accidentally fired a gun in class during a gun safety lesson.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon at Seaside High School. Police say a teacher who serves as a reserve police officer was giving a lesson on how to disarm someone when he fired a handgun gun up into the ceiling.

The teacher, Dennis Alexander, says he pulled the trigger because he wanted to make sure the gun wasn't loaded, but bullets fired off, pieces of the ceiling fell down, and a bullet fragment also came down, lodging into a 17-year-old student's neck.

"I didn't feel anything because it happened so fast, and then I looked at my shirt and there was blood on my shirt. I wiped my neck and a bullet fragment fell off," student Fermin Gonzales IV told KSBW.

"It's just so crazy that the teacher teaching them about gun safety shoots one off and hits the ceiling - and then hearing that he got hit was just crazy," said the student's father, Fermin Gonzales III.

The school district sent out a letter to parents saying the students are all expected to be OK and that the teacher is facing disciplinary action.

"The teacher has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the ongoing investigation," said Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh.

Alexander is also being placed on leave with the local police department.

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