Dalton High School teacher charged after gun incident at school Wednesday
DALTON, Ga. (WTVC) - Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier says police officers are on the scene at Dalton High School, where a teacher is in custody after barricading himself inside a classroom.
Police confirm at least one shot was fired during the incident, which took place over the course of about an hour.
Frazier says at about 11:30 a.m., social studies teacher Jesse Randal Davidson told the students to leave the classroom and he locked them out. The students alerted the principal, who then tried to get inside the classroom. Frazier says the principal then heard at least one gunshot. The shot went through an exterior window.
Frazier says that Davidson apparently brought the gun, a snub-nosed .38 revolver, onto campus when he arrived this morning in his computer case.
Randal Davidson has been charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and disrupting a public school.
The motive of the teacher is still under investigation at this time.
A previous police report released by the Dalton Police Department suggests that Davidson was "delusional." You can read the full report here.
Dalton Public Schools announced that Dalton High School will not be open on Thursday, but that students can come collect their belongings. Classes will resume on Friday.
Watch our NewsChannel 9 team report from across the area at 5pm:
During a 3:30 p.m. news conference, Dalton High School principal Steve Bartoo provided a timeline of events.
Watch the conference below:
Georgia Attorney General tweeted in response to the incident Wednesday.
Frazier held a news conference shortly after 2 p.m. to discuss details in the incident. You can watch it below:
Frazier gave a news conference a little before 1:30 p.m. with preliminary details. Watch it below:
Frazier says Davidson was also the announcer for the Dalton High football team. Davidson has been with the school since 2004.
The incident happened just after noon Wednesday. Frazier says one student suffered an ankle injury while running inside the school during the evacuation.
Dalton Police urged parents not to go to the school, but rather the Northwest Georgia Trade Center to pick up their children. Dozens of parents clogged the roads to get to their kids.
Police first reported that a suspect was barricaded inside a classroom and that officers responded to reports of shots fired. Frazier later confirmed "at least one shot" was fired inside the classroom.
Frazier says the area inside the school was evacuated and that there are no students believed to be inside the school right now.
Frazier says the school is currently on lockdown.
Both Dalton Police and the Georgia State Patrol are responding to the incident.
Dalton parents and students shared video and posts from the scene on social media:
Check out posts and photos taken near the scene and posted on social media:
This is a developing story and will be updated.