Berkeley teacher who brought bazooka to class on paid leave

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A high school teacher who brought a decommissioned bazooka into this Berkeley classroom has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Berkeley High School history teacher Alex Angell was placed on leave on April 11 after a video was posted on social media showing him holding the bazooka over his shoulder while explaining how it was used.

Students tell Berkeleyside, which first reported about the incident, that Angell has others historical articles in his classroom, including a WWII backpack and a medieval shield.

Angell could not be reached for comment.

Charles Burress, a spokesman for Berkeley Unified School District, says he can’t comment on the pending investigation of the incident because it is a personnel matter.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,