WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Georgia high school teacher has been arrested after allegedly firing inside a classroom Wednesday, according to the Dalton Police Department.
- Jesse Randall Davidson, was identified by the police as a social studies teacher at Dalton High School where he has been employed since 2004.
- Though there weren’t any students inside the classroom during the incident, the school was still placed on lockdown and the area surrounding it were evacuated.
The Dalton Police Department tweeted earlier on Wednesday that a teacher was barricaded inside a classroom and would not allow students to go inside.
The department identified the teacher on its succeeding tweets, writing:
“The teacher involved in this morning’s incident is Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, social studies teacher. Also serves as play by play voice of the Dalton football team.”
“[He] has been charged with aggravated assault, carrying weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of gun during commission of a crime, and disrupting public school.”
Dalton High School Principal Steve Bartoo said he tried to enter the classroom but Davidson slammed the door telling him to “go away.”
The school resource officer was called and other students were moved from a nearby classroom, Bartoo said.
The principal tried again to get inside the classroom by using his key and announced himself. Davidson told him not to get in and warned “I have a gun.”
Bartoo added that he heard a gunshot and after a few minutes, police arrived at the school. “Students were moved and part of the hallway was evacuated before police ultimately told them to clear out the entire school,” he said.
Police said the handgun has been recovered. The police also confirmed that no students, faculty or staff were in any danger.
One student sustained an ankle injury while running during the building evacuation, the police tweeted.
Bartoo, surprised with the incident, described Davidson as an “excellent teacher” who was “well thought of.”
“Certainly shocking … probably shock any school principal if one of their staff members pulled out a gun in a classroom and fired it,” he said.
Asst. Chief Cliff Cason said they are currently aware of one shot going off. It went through the classroom window and outside the building.
Cason commended the school resource officer, who convinced the teacher to surrender to the police. He also praised the school for their response to the situation, calling the execution of the lockdown “flawless.”
“Our job would not have been nearly as easy to execute today if it weren’t for how well they did in doing their lockdown drill,” Cason said.
Davidson was arrested and brought to Whitfield County Jail.
Source: Fox News