James Whitmer is a retired FBI agent who is currently an instructor at Technology Center of DuPage in Addison, Illinois. Before class Friday afternoon he was showing three students a gun in an office adjacent to the classroom when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.
The bullet struck a file cabinet and a hollow wall and ended up lodged in another classroom. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Whitmer was not authorized to have the gun on school property. He has been questioned by police, but no charges have been filed.
The school offers classes to area high school juniors and seniors. The school contacted parents of the students who were in the class to "express our sincere apology that their children's safety was put at risk."