Gunshot at Georgia School Fuels Debate on Arming Teachers

Scene following a teacher shooting a gun in school

No students were in the classroom when the incident occurred, but a student hurt their ankle as the school was being evacuated, according to reports.

A male teacher at a high school in the United States barricaded himself in a classroom and fired a handgun. When the students realized they were unable to enter, they alerted Principal Steve Bartoo, who then tried to enter the room.

At 11:30 a.m., Dalton City Police were dispatched to Dalton High School for reports of shots fired on campus. As the administrator began to unlock the door, 53-year-old Davidson "slammed" it and "hollered 'Go away, don't come in here'".

The previous year Davidson and his wife, who is a science teacher and department chairwoman at Dade County High School in Trenton, Ga., filed for bankruptcy in Tennessee.

Classes were cancelled at the high school Thursday due to the shooting, although grief counselors were being made available and the students, who number about 2,000, were being allowed back in to recover their belongings. A school resource officer, described as having a close relationship with Dalton High Staff, talked the armed teacher into surrendering. He said Davidson told him not to come in and said "I have a gun".

The incident is sparking debate about President Trump's proposal that some teachers start carrying concealed weapons, to defend students against school shooters. Students were being trampled and screaming.

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Police said teacher fired one shot.

His encounters with Dalton police led some officers to suspect he was facing mental health issues.

Students at yet another high school shooting in America, where the teacher was arrested, are calling out Donald Trump and the NRA's insane plan to "arm teachers" as a way of making schools safer. He said he understood that to mean that they had killed her. He also served as the play-by-play voice for Dalton football games, according to The New York Post.

Police noted that Davidson didn't appear to want to hurt the students or faculty during Wednesday's incident.

"I didn't expect this", she said, describing Davidson as a nice, amusing teacher who "cares about your grade and doesn't want you to fail". The school is about 145 kilometres (90 miles) north of Atlanta.

"It's somber. I think people are very grateful". The building where the 14 students and three educators were fatally shot on February 14 will remain closed, officials said, as state lawmakers contemplate tearing it down and replacing it with a memorial to the victims.

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