US Resource Officer Accidentally Fires Gun in School

00:22  14 march  2018
00:22  14 march  2018 Source:   Newsweek

Teacher, reserve cop accidentally fires gun in class, police say

  Teacher, reserve cop accidentally fires gun in class, police say Gun was pointed at ceiling when it went off in Seaside, Calif. high school and bullet fragments slightly hurt one student, authorities saySEASIDE, Calif. -- A teacher accidentally fired a gun inside a classroom here on Tuesday afternoon and a student was slightly hurt, authorities said. Dennis Alexander was teaching public safety for his Administration of Justice class in Seaside High School when a shot went off around 1:20 p.m., reports CBS Monterey, California affiliate KION-TV.

An Alexandria Police Department car pictured in 2010. A school resource officer in Alexandria, Virginia, was put on leave after he accidentally discharged his weapon.: Alexandria_Police_Department_Dodge_Charger© Wikimedia Commons / BurtAlert Alexandria_Police_Department_Dodge_Charger

A school resource officer in Alexandria, Virginia, has been placed on administrative leave after police say he accidentally discharged his weapon at a middle school Tuesday morning.


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The officer, a five-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, accidentally discharged the service weapon in his office around 9:10 a.m. at George Washington Middle School, police said in a news release.

The officer immediately checked to make sure no one was injured, and then contacted his supervisor and school staff, police added. Classes continued as normal.

Lone resource officer's quick action stopped the Maryland school shooter within seconds

  Lone resource officer's quick action stopped the Maryland school shooter within seconds Blaine Gaskill was instrumental in bringing the tragic incident at Great Mills High School to a quick end.When a 17-year-old gunman walked into Maryland's Great Mills High School on Tuesday, the swift action of the school's sole resource officer, Blaine Gaskill, was instrumental in bringing the incident to a quick end.

Police said that the officer was put on routine administrative leave while they investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. He will be on leave pending the investigation’s outcome.

Alexandria City Public Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek.

The incident comes as the U.S. debates how to respond to the threat of school shooters after the deadly attack in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead. President Donald Trump has expressed his support for “armed educators,” saying that they “[m]ust be firearms adept & have annual training.”

“If schools are mandated to be gun free zones, violence and danger are given an open invitation to enter,” Trump said in a tweet on Monday.

Maryland high school shooting: 14-year-old victim identified, discharged from hospital

  Maryland high school shooting: 14-year-old victim identified, discharged from hospital The 14-year-old boy shot in a hallway at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland minutes before class started Tuesday was discharged from the hospital Wednesday, officials confirmed. The boy, who has been identified as Desmond Barnes, was shot in the thigh and treated at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. The circumstances surrounding the incident - which left two students injured and one, the suspected gunman, dead - remained unclear Wednesday morning. © Good/TNS/TNS Poll on approches to prevent school shootings. © Good/TNS/TNS Map of school shootings in 2018.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos similarly said that “[s]chools have to be protected like every other large gathering,” during an interview with NBC’s Today Show, adding that did not mean arming all teachers everywhere but “only in places where it’s appropriate.”

New York City has faced criticism after it pulled armed police officers out of public schools, instead having community policing units visit the schools during other patrols. The plan was reportedly made before the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but only recently went into effect.

Mother: Class kept going after teacher fired gun, injuring 3 .
SAN FRANCISCO — A teacher at a Northern California high school accidentally fired his gun inside a classroom, causing minor injuries to three students, but kept teaching while the students sat there, the mother of one of the students said Wednesday.Dennis Alexander, a reserve police officer, was pointing the gun at the ceiling Tuesday to make sure it was not loaded when it discharged inside his classroom at Seaside High School in the coastal community of Seaside, police said.Police said no one sustained serious injuries.Alexander was not authorized to have a gun on campus, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District spokeswoman Marci McFadden said.


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