Georgia Teacher In Custody After Police Say He Fired A Gun In Empty Classroom
A social studies teacher who fired one shot from a handgun after barricading himself in an empty classroom at a Georgia high school was arrested Wednesday, police said.
Officers persuaded the teacher to surrender without incident after about 30 to 45 minutes, said Dalton, Ga., police spokesman Bruce Frazier.
“We had officers inside the building quickly,” he said.
No one was injured aside from a female student who hurt her ankle while rushing to evacuate Dalton High School.
The incident occurred two weeks after a school shooting in neighboring Florida left 17 students and faculty dead, renewing the debate about gun control in the U.S. In the wake of that tragedy, President Trump and federal and state legislators have proposed arming teachers, a move backed by the National Rifle Association.
Frazier said the teacher, identified as Jesse Randal Davidson, 53, is facing six charges, including aggravated assault, terroristic threats and carrying a weapon on school grounds.
According to the school website, Davidson did the play-by-play for the Dalton High School as the “voice of the Catamounts” and has written a two-volume history of the team.
Davidson, who has taught at the school since 2004, apparently fired the handgun out the window and did not aim at anyone, Frazier said.
“I don’t know if he fired the gun off to let people know to back off or what,” he said.
Davidson had taught first period without incident or an indication of anything unusual, Frazier said. The shooting occurred during third period, when Davidson had a planning block.
“It certainly seems that he didn’t have any intention to harm anyone else,” Frazier said.