Prof shoots himself in the foot... in chemistry class

Talk about getting your students' attention.

An Idaho State University assistant professor definitely did that on Tuesday.

He shot himself in the foot - with a semi-automatic handgun that accidentally discharged from inside his pocket - in a classroom of chemistry students, police said. No one else was injured.

Pocatello Police Lieutenant Paul Manning said no charges have been filed.

The shooting happened in the university’s physical science department.

The instructor, who was treated and released from a local hospital, had a permit that let him carry a hidden gun on campus-  under a state law that came into effect on July 1.

Idaho State University Photo: Google Earth

College spokeswoman Adrienne King said the shooting did not pose an imminent threat to the school of 14,000 students. There was no lockdown or evacuations.

Authorities are investigating why the small-caliber weapon discharged, whether it was fitted with a safety device and if the device was engaged at the time of the incident.

“Idaho State University is in compliance with the Idaho gun law. (The) incident was an unfortunate accident,” university president Arthur Vailas said in a statement.

The university is likely to conduct an administrative review after the police probe, officials said. - Reuters