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Police: Georgia teacher fires off gun, barricades self in classroom

Update – Since posting, the following information has been learned about the teacher at Dalton High School in Dalton, GA

Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said the teacher was taken into custody after a 30- to 45-minute standoff with officers. He was identified in a tweet as 53-year-old Jesse Randall Davidson, who also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the high school’s football team.

A week ago, police found a “threatening” note on the floor of a classroom at the school, authorities said, but it wasn’t clear if it was related to the shooting Wednesday. Police said the note was found Feb. 21, and mentioned a threat against the school the following day.

Students were evacuated to the Northwest Georgia Center and parents advised to go there to pick them up.


A teacher in Dalton, GA barricaded himself inside of a classroom and gunfire was discharged inside Dalton High School.

According to local police, the teacher is in custody and they have not released information about the teacher’s identity or what caused the incident.

CBS News reports that the incident was reported from a Twitter account.  No children are in danger, Dalton Police said.

One student apparently sustained an ankle injury while running inside the school during the evacuation, police said.

The story is developing.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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