An employee at a Texas public school was accidentally shot on Wednesday during a district-sponsored handgun safety class, KLTV reports.
According to KLTV, Glenn Geddie was a maintenance worker for the Van Independent School District. The school district voted last month to arm some teachers and other employees in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
District Superintendent Don Dunn confirmed that the incident occurred. Here’s his full statement, courtesy of KLTV:
At the conclusion of the CHL training on February 27, 2013, one certified person stayed for private instruction with the instructor and had a mechanical malfunction with his weapon. With the assistance of the instructor, the malfunction was addressed, but the gun misfired and the bullet ricocheted coming back to strike the VISD employee in the left leg. The VISD employee was attended to at the scene and transferred to Tyler for further treatment. The injury is not life threatening or disabling. Because of privacy and security issues we cannot make any further statement.
A school board member told The Tyler Morning Telegraph that the shooting would not affect their decision to arm employees on campus.
Many schools have begun to arm teachers in the wake of Sandy Hook. Schools from Texas to Ohio are allowing teachers to bring guns to school, and some states, like South Dakota, have begun to pass legislation to allow guns in schools.