UPDATED: Shots Fired at Georgia High School – Classroom Barricaded (VIDEO)


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This is a developing story. Details will be added as they become available.

There are reports of shots fired at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia.


UPDATE 8:00 p.m. CST: Jesse Randall Davidson, the teacher taken into custody for shooting a gun in a classroom, is not talking to investigators about what led to the incident. Students who had his class earlier in the day say he seemed in good spirits and gave no indication of problems. A CBS News report is included below.

UPDATE 2:00 p.m. CST: During a press conference, officials say a social studies teacher identified as Jesse Randall Davidson barricaded himself in a classroom and would not let students in. A principal attempted to enter the room, and a shot was fired. Officials say the teacher did not intend to have children involved or in the classroom at the time. After a short standoff, the teacher gave up and came out of the classroom. Video of a press conference is below.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police on the scene report that a teacher with a gun barricaded himself in a classroom.

The teacher is now in custody. It is believed the teacher is male.

The unusual situation comes days after President Trump suggested arming teachers who are adept at using firearms, in an effort to deter school shooters. Gun control advocates will likely jump on this incident as proof teachers should not be armed. It will also spark speculation among some that the incident appears a bit too convenient, given the current discussion.

One student injured an ankle while running out of the school.

Dalton is located 90 miles north of Atlanta. The school has nearly 2,000 students enrolled, according to its website. The school is on lockdown, and students are being taken to a local trade center to be picked up by parents.

UPDATE: The teacher involved in this morning’s incident is Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, social studies teacher. Also…

Posted by Dalton Police Department on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

There are some pictures from the scene coming out, via Twitter.

CBS News reports.

A teacher is in custody after police say he barricaded himself inside a classroom at a high school in northwest Georgia Wednesday, police say.

Police responded to the report of shot or shots fired at Dalton High School in Dalton and reported via Twitter that a person, believed to be a teacher, was barricaded inside. A Dalton police spokesperson tells CBS News the teacher had a gun.

Police later tweeted that the teacher was in custody.

No students were hurt in the incident, and no children are in danger, Dalton Police said. Police have been on the scene for about 25 minutes.

Police say they don’t have information to release about the teacher’s identify or what caused the incident.

The Associated Press reports.

Police in Georgia say officers are responding to reports of shots fired at a high school and a teacher who may have been barricaded in a classroom is in custody.

Police in Dalton tweeted that no children were hurt or were in danger.

Dalton is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Atlanta.

Dalton police update

Posted by WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This is a CBS News report on the teacher after he was taken into custody.

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