Teacher in custody after firing shot, barricading himself at Dalton High School
Mar 03 2018
- A teacher is in custody after authorities say he barricaded himself in a classroom and fired a handgun at a Dalton school on Wednesday morning.
No one was injured in the Dalton school shooting, but one student hurt an ankle as she ran, police said.
Police in the town where a Georgia teacher is accused of firing a gunshot in a high school classroom say they encountered him twice before exhibiting odd behavior.
In this February 24, 2018 photo, the main entrance of Dalton High School is shown, in Dalton, Ga., where police took a teacher into custody February 28, 2019, following a shooting incident. He also served as the play-by-play voice for Dalton football games, according to The New York Post. The proposal faced significant backlash, particularly from teachers who said they should not have to shoulder this responsibility and from students who did not want more guns inside their schools.
He faces six charges including aggravated assault; terroristic threats and acts; and having a weapon on school property. He said that Mr. Davidson had been a "very good teacher" who was "well thought of", adding that he had been employed as a teacher there since 2004. She tweeted that such claims are disrespectful, and "I don't think I or any of my classmates were in for a plan to risk our lives in our own school".
After about 30 to 45 minutes, authorities were able to get Davidson to surrender without incident with the help of the school resource officer.
"She and her friends said he was nice guy, fun teacher".
The incident is sparking debate about President Trump's proposal that some teachers start carrying concealed weapons, to defend students against school shooters.
"It's our basic student right to feel safe at school and if (teachers were armed), I wouldn't feel safe", Chastain said. But a spokesman says apparently the teacher DIDN'T intend to harm any students. The school will resume classes on Friday.
"To learn that a teacher you know and trust has opened fire in your school must be devastating, traumatizing and scary really", Imam tells the Times Free Press. The students told the principal, who tried to enter.
"We don't know if the teacher dropped the gun, threatened anyone, shot themself or whatever", State Rep. Steve Tarvin, R-Chickamauga (Georgia) said shortly after word of the shooting started to spread at the state Capitol in Atlanta. "He really wanted the students to understand the concept", said 18-year-old senior Rowdy Zeisig.
When officers quizzed Davidson they asked if the duo scared her, but he said it was "worse than that" leading them to believe she had been murdered.
The incident happened inside of a classroom at Dalton High School located at 1500 Manly Street, Dalton, Ga.
In her tweet, she described students "being trampled and screaming" during Wednesday's evacuation of the school north of Atlanta.