Professor shot himself while teaching students

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Byron Bennett, an assistant professor of chemistry at Idaho State University who shot himself in the foot while teaching

Officials initially declined to identify Byron Bennett, the assistant professor of chemistry at Idaho State University who shot himself in the foot while teaching.

POCATELLO, Idaho — An Idaho State University professor literally shot himself in the foot while teaching class with students in the room.

Pocatello police Lt. Paul Manning said officers found the instructor on Tuesday with a non-life threatening injury after the handgun he had concealed in his pocket went off accidentally.

Manning refused to identify the instructor but said he had a concealed-carry permit. The police spokesperson also said no others were injured and that the victim was released after being treated at Portneuf Medical Center.

Idaho State University spokeswoman Adrienne King said the school would not release the name of the instructor because the matter is a personnel issue.  The shooter was later identified as Byron Bennett, an assistant professor of chemistry.

Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Public Safety received a call about an accidental discharge of a concealed weapon in the Physical Science building.

King said the chemistry lab has 19 registered students, but was unsure how many were in the class when the gun discharged.

The overwhelming majority of the 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States prohibit the carrying of firearms on their campuses.

In March, Republican Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill into law allowing Idaho permit holders to bring their guns onto public college and university campuses.

Despite opposition from every public university college president and polls showing overwhelming opposition from students in the state, lawmakers passed the legislation in response to an increasingly extreme pro-gun movement.

Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin have forced schools to allow the carrying of firearms on their premises.


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