Teacher fires gun in classroom

Police say they don't know why a popular teacher allegedly fired a handgun inside his classroom, causing a chaotic lockdown and evacuation of his Georgia high school.

As the United States is still gripped by fear and agony post the Florida school shooting massacre, a teacher in Dalton High School, Georgia, barricaded himself inside the classroom and opened fire on Wednesday.

Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, told Dalton police that he had an affair with a woman online who refused to end contact with him, and two of his friends offered to "take care of her", according to a 2016 officer incident report.

Davidson has been a teacher at Dalton since 2004 and was the play-by-play radio announcer for the high school's football team, Frazier said.

No students were injured except for one female student who suffered an ankle injury while evacuating the building, according to police.

That's when Davidson fired the gun and the school was immediately placed on lockdown.

Mr Davidson faces six charges, including aggravated assault involving a gun and terroristic threats and acts.

"I didn't expect this", she said, describing Davidson as a nice, amusing teacher who "cares about your grade and doesn't want you to fail".

"I feel like there just shouldn't be guns at school at all", she said. A school resource officer, described as having a close relationship with Dalton High Staff, talked the armed teacher into surrendering. She said she's hoping to bring about real change.


"It would allow teachers, with the right amount of training, to have a gun to protect themselves and their students.[.] How many teachers want a gun?"

Classroom 413 sat empty at Dalton High School on Thursday.

Evidence does not seem to suggest that Davidson was trying to aim at anyone, according to Frazier.

Repeat: no children hurt, no children in danger.

"Our job would not have almost been as easy to execute today if it weren't for how well they did in doing their lockdown drill", Cason said. Nonetheless, plans were already in place to increase the law enforcement presence at the 2,000 student school in light of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

His encounters with Dalton police led some officers to suspect he was facing mental health issues. Police said he then fired a.38 caliber pistol shattering a window. "He really wanted the students to understand the concept", Zeisig told The Associated Press.

Steve Bartoo, the principal, says "We have 4 school counselors".

Dalton teacher accused of firing a handgun in his classroom had three rifles taken away after setting the family vehicle ablaze at his home two years ago, according to a sheriff's report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.


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