Gosh, How Responsible!

Dennis Alexander. SOURCE: KSBW.

More students get hurt, by someone who is oh so responsible with guns, you betcha.

A teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School classroom Tuesday, police said, and three students were injured.

Dennis Alexander was teaching a course about gun safety for his Administration of Justice class when his gun went off at 1:20 p.m. Alexander was pointing his gun at the ceiling when it fired. Pieces of the ceiling fell to the ground.

A news release from the Seaside Police Department said no one suffered “serious injuries.” One 17-year-old boy suffered moderate injuries when fragments from the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling and lodged into his neck, the student’s father, Fermin Gonzales, told KSBW.

The teacher had just told the class that he wanted to make sure his gun wasn’t loaded, when the gun fired, according to Gonzales. “It’s the craziest thing. It could have been very bad,” Gonzales said. The teacher was about to use the gun for a demonstration about how to disarm someone, according to Gonzales.

Everyone in the classroom was stunned, and the teacher, who is a reserve officer for the Sand City Police Department, apologized.

But no one at the school checked to make sure that all of the students were uninjured, Gonzales said. The school day resumed as normal, and Seaside Police Department officers launched an investigation. The 17-year-old boy’s parents were shocked when he returned home with blood on his shirt and bullet fragments in his neck. The student’s parents rushed him to a hospital for X-rays. “He’s shaken up, but he’s going to be OK,” Gonzales told KSBW. “I’m just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it.”

Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching position at Seaside High School, and he was also placed on administrative leave at the Sand City Police Department.

There you have it. A cop. A teacher. And a gun in school ends up hurting students, go figure. One of these days, I’m going to eyeroll so hard my spine’s gonna pop out. The full story is here.


  1. Raucous Indignation says

    “One of these days, I’m going to eyeroll so hard my spine’s gonna pop out.”

    I admire your flexibility. Yoga?

  2. rq says

    I saw news that actually three kids were injured but can’t seem to confirm via Google right now?
    Seriously, how is this a good idea???
    Oh right, it’s not. I’m rooting for all the teens walking out today, I hope their point hits its mark, sooner rather than later.

  3. Raucous Indignation says

    What the fuck was he doing with a round chambered. I used to go to the range, but seeing how other people handled their firearms convinced me that the range wasn’t a safe place to spend time.

  4. says

    Showing how to disarm people is a bogus self-defence technique that is nigh impossible to pull off in real life, but if someone wants to show off, sorry, “demonstrate” it, they should always do it with a rubber gun. Never, ever with a real one. A responsible gun user handels their gun as always loaded, even after personally checking that it is not loaded. Basic rules.

    But I am sure that in fine MAGA tradition this will be solved by putting more guns into schools as well. More mass shoogings? More guns! More accidental shootings on top of the mass shootings? Even more guns with mandatory training for teachers (but not for the general public of course)! Injuries due to gun malfunction on top of the mass shootings and the accidental shootings? Modernise the whole arsenal by replacing it for the newest guns of course!

    Madness, thy name is USA.

  5. says

    Y’know, if you don’t actually know whether or not the gun you just whipped out is loaded, you shouldn’t be able to play with them.

  6. johnson catman says

    Caine @7:

    Y’know, if you don’t actually know whether or not the gun you just whipped out is loaded, you shouldn’t be able to play with them.

    And he DAMN sure shouldn’t be teaching a course about gun safety if he cannot safely handle a firearm himself.

  7. fusilier says

    Ask daughters ##1 and 2.

    Rule 1: All firearms are loaded

    Rule 2: Even if Dad is swabbing the barrel down with hot soapy water his fusil is loaded.


    James 2:24

  8. kestrel says

    Christ of the Andes, what a dipstick.

    You don’t disarm people, you get the hell away from them. PLUS, how could you NOT KNOW there is a bullet in your weapon??!! You brought this thing to school and you did not CHECK first?! Holy shit. And then the cops don’t tell the parents?!!! I’m out of exclamation points and caps.

    There should be no question here: everyone involved -- dipstick teacher and dipstick cops -- should all be in jail right now.

  9. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    There is no such thing as accidental misfire, only negligent misfire. Range safety says guns are to be unloaded at all times until you are ready to use the weapon. Somebody wasn’t following proper range safety. Not a responsible gun owner, just another asshole gun owner. Jail time seems appropriate, as somebody was injured.

  10. Onamission5 says

    Nobody. checked. to. see. if. any. students. were. injured.

    Yeah. The place I want teaching gun safety to children is the place where instructors don’t clear the chamber before bringing a weapon in for demonstration and where, when there is an accident, no one makes sure the kids are okay. JFC.

    I have a better idea. Let’s get guns out of public spaces altogether.

  11. jrkrideau says

    How the hell could someone walk into a school with a loaded gun? I suppose that we are lucky that his three year old did not find the gun and shoot someone.

    I seldom handle guns and they are always long guns. The tradition here is that if anyone hands you a gun you check that it is unloaded. I have seen my brother-in-law ensure that a gun is unloaded, immediately hand it to me, and watch approvingly as I did the same check 5 seconds later.

  12. says

    Speaking of toddlers, one of them got mom’s gun and killed his 11 month old brother. There won’t be any charges of course, because gosh, you just can’t watch those sprogs all the time and mom will suffer enough.

  13. busterggi says

    First rule of gun safety as taught to me in my NRA class (pre-crazy & pre-Reagan) was always to handle a gun as if it were loaded. That was when the NRA was for responsible ownership not insane ownership.

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