A teacher accidentally fired a pistol inside a California classroom while lecturing about public safety and injured three students, according to police.
Dennis Alexander was pointing the gun at the ceiling when he inadvertently fired it Tuesday at Seaside High School, said Abdul Pridgen, the city's police chief.
Bullet fragments ricocheted off the ceiling and hit a 17-year-old student in the neck, Pridgen said. Shortly after the incident, class resumed as usual.
The teen’s father, Fermin Gonzales, said he rushed his son to the hospital after the 17-year-old returned from school with blood on his shirt and a neck injury.Let that soak in for a moment: a teacher fired a gun in a classroom, injured three students, one of whom was bleeding from the neck to the point where he ultimately had to go to the hospital, and then resumed teaching as if nothing had happened! No, "Hey, is everyone OK?" Just, "Oopsie, my bad. Now open your textbooks to page 23."
The idea that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun is an adolescent fantasy born of watching too many Westerns. The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to make sure that the bad guy never has a gun in the first place. (It also helps to realize that "bad" and "mentally disturbed" are not synonyms.)
I hope that a minor injury is all it's going to take to get people to come to their senses, and not an all-out bloodbath. But I'll give long odds against.