Dalton, Georgia, USA: Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, a social studies teacher barricaded himself inside a locked classroom at Dalton high school in Georgia on Wednesday and fired a single shot from a handgun, authorities said.
No students were in the classroom at the time, and the only injury reported was a student who hurt their ankle running when Dalton High School was evacuated.
Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said the teacher was taken into custody after a 30- to 45-minute standoff with officers.
Jesse Randal Davidson 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.
Randall Davidson also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the high school’s football team.
Police didn’t immediately say why he fired the gun.
The incident happened two weeks after a Florida school shooting left 17 students and faculty dead, put the country on edge and ignited a new debate over gun control in America.
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.
Assistant Police Chief Cliff Cason said in a statement at the time that officers planned an increased presence at the city’s schools in response after the note was found. Threats have been made at schools across the country in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
One student apparently sustained an ankle injury running inside the school during the evacuation. Student is being treated by EMS at the school. — Dalton Police (@DaltonPD) February 28, 2018
Dalton has about 2,000 students, according to its website. It is located about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Atlanta.
Students were taken to the Northwest Georgia Center and parents advised to go there to pick them up.
EARLIER: Police Recover Loaded Gun From Pupil In Houston Elementary School – Houston, Texas, USA: A pupil at Collins Elementary School in Houston, Texas was caught with a loaded gun on the school campus Thursday, Alief Police Department, APD, said.
Alief Independent School District (ISD), officials say the student showed the gun to classmates who then alerted their teacher.
Alief Police responded and took the weapon and student into custody. According to district officials, the student is being disciplined according to district policy and was removed from campus.
The pupil remains in Alief Police Department, APD, custody.
“As we are committed in partnering with you in providing a safe environment for our students, we are encouraging parents and guardians to please be aware of what your child is bringing to and from school in his or her backpack,” Alief ISD said in a statement. “Please take this opportunity to speak with your child about the importance of school safety and that if they see something, to say something.”
Collins Elementary school in Houston, Texas is part of Alief ISD.
The cover image is representational and not the actual gun recovered.