Mar 14, 2018, 1:37 PM ET

2 accidental shootings at US schools, one by armed teacher, the other by resource officer


Two accidental shootings occurred at U.S. schools on Tuesday -- one by a California teacher conducting a public safety awareness lesson and the other by a school resource officer -- less than a week after the governor of Florida signed legislation allowing some teachers in his state to be armed in the classroom.

No one was hurt in the gunfire mishaps in Seaside, California, and Alexandria, Virginia, according to police in those cities.

The incident at Seaside High School occurred about 1:20 p.m. local time, when a teacher accidentally discharged his firearm in a classroom, the Seaside Police Department said in a statement. The teacher was identified by police as Dennis Alexander, who also serves as a reserve police officer in the nearby town of Sand City.

"Alexander was believed to have been providing instruction related to public safety awareness," the police statement said.

Police were investigating the circumstances of how the gun went off, and said classes at the school resumed.

Earlier Tuesday, a school resource officer at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, accidentally discharged a weapon while inside his office, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

PHOTO: Seaside High School in Seaside California is seen here in this undated Google Maps image. Google Maps
Seaside High School in Seaside California is seen here in this undated Google Maps image.

The incident occurred about 9:10 a.m. local time.

The officer "immediately checked for potential injuries in the area," the police department said in a statement. "No one was injured. The officer then contacted his supervisor and school staff. All students and staff are safe and classes continued as normal."

The officer who accidentally fired his weapon was not immediately identified, but police said he is a five-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department. He was placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, officials said.

The two incidents came after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a new set of gun legislation passed by state lawmakers in the wake of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The new laws include a measure allowing some teachers and athletic coaches with special law enforcement training to carry concealed firearms in classroom, but only in school district that volunteer to participate.

The Trump administration on Sunday proposed a limited plan to combat school shootings that leaves the question of arming teachers up to state and local officials.

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  • concernedvoter

    So Mr. Imbecile President, Who is going to buy these Guns for all these Teachers? Who's going to pay for their Training and Insurance? Will Teachers killed trying to defend students recieve a Death Benefit for their Families? When one of these Teachers shoots the wrong Kid do they go to jail or are excused for an oops moment? When the Responding Police shoot the teacher what then? Will they face being Sued for Wrongful Death? Who will pay for all this since you just gave away 1.5 Trillion Dollars in Tax Breaks to your Billionaire Buddies?

  • gordo53

    Where exactly did these clowns get their training? If you don't want your weapon to discharge "accidentally" then keep your fat finger outside the trigger guard. The only time a finger goes on the trigger is when you are about to shoot. How hard is that? Morons.

  • Mic123

    Can we please get some of the details not just splashy headlines? Thought schools were gun free zones, how does a teacher get to bring a gun to school? What was the curriculum? didn't realize they taught that stuff in school, seems writing and arithmetic are no longer relevant and need to move aside. Also if both individuals had accidental discharges, they were not properly trained to handle firearms. Both should be removed from the situation and location and proper action taken, neither should be allowed to handle firearms until they can prove responsibility, all firearms should be removed form their possession in the mean time.

    Please inform us as to what happens now, else you are just putting fuel on a fire. Unless of course you are pushing your agenda and don't care to solve the problem properly.

  • Rob

    The solution is obvious. Everyone entering the school is fitted with an explosive necklace [bomb-collar] that cannot be removed by tampering, else it will automatically detonate. Each person is also given an infrared pointing device that when pointed at a bomb-collar with the red button in the depressed state, will cause the targeted bomb-collar to explode. The optimum outcome every day, is to form a perfect and intractable Mexican-standoff in which no heads are exploded. I appreciate however that some heads will most likely have to explode in order to secure that most glorious future for US education.

    Support proposition 800-m today and make bomb-collars a reality tomorrow!

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    The stupidity of some Americans never ceases to amaze me. I purposely used the term automatic instead of semi-automatic because I wanted to see if people would jump to the bait. And it wasn't long before an expert tried to educate us on the differences between the two. Did I mention stupidity? Yes, they wanted to make sure I knew what one could do versus the other and why it was so important to the future of America and our way of life.

    Yes, one can kill more people than the other one in the same time period. See all the time I could have saved them.

  • carcar

    Gee who woulda thunk arming more people with guns would lead to more shootings...accidental or not.

  • Tegbessou Géléhéso

    I don thin this is such a good idea Señor Quickdraw....

  • Donnie The Lion

    Is anybody so dumb they don't realize the headline "Teacher Accidentally Shoots, Kills Student" is coming soon?

  • mrphilbert

    This must be the nra's secret plan. Make potential school gunmen afraid they will be accidentally shot by one of those teachers.

  • BG Davis

    This is going so well already, and we've hardly gotten started!
    The stupidity is appalling. (Disclosure: I have owned guns since the age of 12 and never once have I fired one by mistake. It's so simple: don't leave it cocked, keep the safety on, unload it if it's not going to be used very, very soon.)

  • ochsnto

    News flash - guns are dangerous. Fact - having a gun increases change of being shot by a gun. Translation - they do NOT belong in our schools.

  • Indy

    When someone says that something will never occur in their case, it's almost guaranteed that it will, at least that's true according to what my Grandfather said/taught, and he was rarely wrong. If we add more firearms there will be more firearm related issues/problems, no matter how conscientious the individuals be that we choose to handle that task.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Now someone please refresh my memory and tell me why people believe selling automatic weapons to teenagers is a good idea.

  • helicohunter

    Exactly what the Chief of Police at my university said- more guns equals more accidental discharges. Also, more lost and stolen guns and more armed people going berserk due to personal problems. Even trained police officers make mistakes, as was seen here.

  • Bryan Chaides

    What’s up David Dennison NRA’s got your tounge? With all that big boy talk about not being afraid of the NRA I expected some sort of action by now. I know what it is your too busy building your wall or figuring out how to build your “space force”. Either way you’ve proven once again your all talk and no walk.

  • KlintzDisqus

    Both individuals were LEOs: Resource Officer (aka, school police), and the other was part-time/reserve officer with city police.

    Both knew and were trained how to handle weapons.

    What happened?

  • Puddin' Twain

    Guns in the school. What could go wrong?

  • c0reDump

    "...providing instruction related to public safety awareness..."

    In other words: showing off.

  • Former Earthling

    Great kids now have to also worry about a teacher going ballistic.

  • KlintzDisqus

    Lesson #1: Point the barrel only at something you want to shoot/kill.

    Lesson #2: Treat every firearm as though it's loaded/ready to fire.