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'Shots fired' call at Dalton High, teacher in custody

March 1, 2018--6:50 a.m.


A Dalton high school teacher accused of firing a gun inside his classroom is facing charges that include aggravated assault involving a gun and terroristic threats.

Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said 53-year old Jesse Randal Davidson, a social studies teacher, had barricaded himself inside of a classroom and would not let students in.

The administration was notified and the principal used a key to unlock the door. At that time, the teacher fired at least one shot.

The only injury from the occurred when a student hurt her ankle running during the evacuation of the school. 

Whitfield County Jail records show that Davidson also faces charges of carrying a weapon in a school safety zone and reckless conduct, among others. 

Davidson, who is also the play by play announcer for Dalton High football, was taken into custody after a 30- to 45-minute standoff with officers. 

Dalton High School students will not have school today. 

Counselors and social workers will be on hand at the school after 10 a.m. for any student who wishes to talk with someone.