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Dennis Alexander tears up while listening to public comment during a March 15 council meeting where dozens of students came out to support him.

The Seaside Police Department has completed its investigation into the March 13 incident wherein teacher Dennis Alexander accidentally discharged a firearm in a Seaside High School classroom. SPD sent its findings to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for review. 

Alexander, who is also a Seaside city councilman and a reserve officer for the Sand City Police Department, was teaching an administration of justice class at the time. 

Seaside Police Chief Abdul Pridgen says that the state law prohibiting firearms on campus in California—a law that went into effect Jan. 1—does not apply to peace officers with Alexander's level of training. 

Pridgen says it's not clear if any other laws were broken, and that his department just gathered the evidence and witness testimony and the DA's Office will make that call. 

There is ambiguity, he says, because certain laws require intent for someone to be culpable. 

A KSBW headline earlier today reads, "Seaside teacher did not commit a crime during classroom incident, police chief says." Pridgen says that does not reflect his determination; he just said he determined it was not illegal for Alexander to have his gun on campus. He says he expects KSBW will run a correction.

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Linda Scott

If it is legal for an idiot reserve officer to bring a loaded firearm into a schoolroom just so he can show it to the kids, fire into the ceiling, injure students, fail to report that incident to the police or school administration, then we need new laws.
The sooner David Alexander is removed from the school, from his status as a reserve officer, from the Seaside City Council, from his precious firearms, the better for the community and the nation.

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