Teacher kept teaching after he accidentally fired gun in classroom injuring 3 students: report
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A California high school teacher continued to teach after he accidentally discharged a gun in the classroom, one of his students' mothers claimed Wednesday.

Dennis Alexander, a teacher at Seaside High School in Seaside, Calif., reportedly had his gun pointed at the ceiling when he accidentally fired it..

Three students sustained minor injuries after the gun went off. Alexander has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated. 


Crystal Gonzales, whose 17-year-old son, Fermin, was injured, told The Associated Press that parents were not notified about the accidental discharge by officials.

"I’m still really upset no one called a nurse or a paramedic to come check on the students,” Gonzales said. “They just sat there until the bell rang."

Fermin Gonzales was allegedly struck in the neck by a fragment and treated at a community hospital, according to reports. Initially, only one injury was reported.

Police said Alexander had the gun in the classroom because he was "providing instruction related to public safety."

School district policy, however, states that only school resource officers are allowed to carry guns on school campuses, according to the AP. 

The incident came amid a heightened debate over the nation's gun control laws, and proposals by some policymakers – including President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE – to arm teachers as a way to prevent school shootings.

The renewed debate over gun control re-entered the national dialogue last month after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead and 14 others injured. 

Students across the country walked out of classrooms on Wednesday to join protests calling for lawmakers to strengthen gun restrictions.