Randall Davidson, a teacher at Dalton High School, was arrested after opening fire inside a classroom. The incident sent students running through the hallways. One student sustained an ankle injury, but otherwise, no one was hurt.
Randall Davidson, 53, a social studies teacher and the radio voice of Dalton High School football and basketball, is in custody after firing his gun inside a classroom. The incident occurred Wednesday morning, when students tried to get into Davidson’s classroom, but he wouldn’t let them in.
Students alerted the principal, Steve Bartoo, who tried to use his key to open it. Davidson responded by forcibly closing it on him. Slamming the door, Davidson said, “Don’t come in here, I have a gun.”
It was at this point that the armed Davidson fired off a gun in the classroom. No students were in the classroom at the time.
Bruce Frazier, a public relations specialist with the Dalton Police Department, said, “We had officers inside the building quickly.”
Officers evacuated the hallway and secured the area. After a short standoff, Davidson was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered. Local police have not said what kind of gun Davidson used, just that it was a handgun.
UPDATE: The teacher is in custody.
— Dalton Police (@DaltonPD) February 28, 2018
At 10.37 a.m. local time, Dalton Public Schools released this statement:
All students are safe and being taken to the Trade Center. Dalton High School parents need to pick their students… https://t.co/3HgplxWZTx
— Dalton High School (@captcatamount) February 28, 2018
Whether or not students will feel safe after the incident remains to be seen. The shooting at Dalton High School occurred just five days after a report said that Dalton City Schools, which is about 91 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, is the third-safest school district in Georgia.