It was the story I had not seen that raised my hackles late last night. It was buried somewhere among stories of the PA18 election, Rex Tillerson’s firing, Stormy Daniels, Devin Nunes and of course, the ringleader Trump. It was reported by NBC News and ABC News, but there were no ‘Breaking News’ alerts. I found it on my friend Scottie’s blog post, then went in search of. The story?
Gun-Trained Teacher Accidentally Discharges Firearm in Calif. Classroom, Injuring Student
Even that was wrong … THREE students were reportedly injured. By a teacher. A ‘gun-trained’ teacher. A ‘reserve police officer’. And as if there weren’t already enough irony there, the class in which this happened was “Administration of Justice”. Still want to put guns in teacher’s hands, Wayne LaPierre, Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump? Still think it’s the best way to ‘protect’ our children? Think again!!!! Now, the facts of the matter …
- 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, California. Alexander was not authorized to have a gun on campus.
- Alexander was teaching a gun safety lesson in an administration of justice class and was about to show the students how to disarm someone when the gun fired.
- While none of the three children sustained serious injuries, one student did have bullet fragments in his neck, as authorities believe the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling.
- The class proceeded until the bell rang signaling the end of class. Nobody called for a nurse or paramedics.
Fermin Gonzales, age 17, was one of the three injured students. His parents were not notified of the incident by the school, but only found out when Fermin, at the end of class, left school and called his mother from a relative’s house. His parents took him to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Details of the other two injured students are not available at this time … I’ve searched all over. Even now, 24 hours after the fact, there is very little in the media about this incident. WHY? Police arrived at the school three hours later, and then only after Ms. Gonzales had contacted them. The school, apparently, had no plans to launch an investigation. Alexander was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job and he was also placed on administrative leave at the Sand City Police Department, according to both school and police officials.
The school district sent a letter to parents saying its human resources department, the high school administrators and the Seaside Police Department “immediately [emphasis added] began investigating the incident, including interviewing students in the class.” It said counseling was made available to students and that it could not release any other details “due to the nature of this personnel incident.”
It is fortunate that there were no serious injuries. This time. What about next time? And the time after that? And Alexander was trained in the use and safety of firearms!!! What about Ms. Jones, who never in her life held a gun in her hand until the school district told her she must. What about Mr. Peacock who has a terrible temper and now has a gun in his pocket? Wake up, NRA!!! Wake up America!!! Teachers packing heat will eventually lead to student deaths. There is no other possible outcome!
And it doesn’t stop there.** There was another incident yesterday, even less reported than the one above, for I have found very few references to it. In Alexandria, Virginia, a school resource officer — a five-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department — accidentally discharged his weapon while inside George Washington Middle School. No one, including the officer, was injured. Presumably the old media adage “if it bleeds, it leads” applies here, and since nobody bled, the media doesn’t find it that interesting.
Two days prior, Trump tweeted:
“Highly trained expert teachers will be allowed to conceal carry, subject to State Law. Armed guards OK, deterrent!…….”
Both of the shooters above were “highly trained experts”, and look what happened. I really do not care about 2nd Amendment rights … I care about lives, especially the lives of our children. If the U.S. Congress has a single shred of humanity, if they care one whit about our children, they will pass strict gun regulations, not take the coward’s way out and put the onus on the teachers. Nope, Donald Trump and Congress … this monkey is on your backs. Do something right for a change!