Georgia teacher in custody after allegedly opening fire in classroom, police say

Feb 28, 2018 by

A teacher has been taken into custody after allegedly firing at least one shot inside a Georgia high school classroom Wednesday, police said.

The Dalton Police Department identifed the teacher as Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, a social studies teacher who also does play-by-play announcements during the school’s football games. He has been employed with the school since 2004. It was not immediately clear if any charges would be filed against Davidson.

Police also announced no students were inside the classroom at the time of the incident. Police said the teacher allegedly would not allow students inside the classroom. A witness reportedly heard the gunshot and called authorities, according to WCRB-TV.

Police did not say what type of firearm was used but confirmed it was a handgun. The gun has been recovered.

In this Feb. 24, 2018 photo, the main entrance of Dalton High School is shown, in Dalton, Ga. Police in Georgia say officers are responding to reports of shots fired at the high school and a teacher who may have been barricaded in a classroom is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)

One student sustained an ankle injury Wednesday following an incident at Dalton High School.  (AP)

One student was injured after sustaining an ankle injury while running inside the school during the building evacuation, the Dalton Police Department tweeted. No faculty or staff were reported injured in the incident.

Bruce Frazier, a public relations specialist with the Dalton Police Department, told reporters a school resource officer is deployed in the school but it was not immediately clear where that person was at the time of the incident.

The Dalton Police Department earlier tweeted a person, believed to be a teacher, was barricaded inside a classroom.

Dalton High School was placed on lockdown and police confirmed no children were in any danger. The school and the area surrounding it were evacuated.

Police have asked parents to pick up their children at the Northwest Georgia Trade Center. The school has about 2,000 students, according to the school’s website.

Dalton is about 90 miles north of Atlanta.

Source: Georgia teacher in custody after allegedly opening fire in classroom, police say | Fox News

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