• Breanna Johns

North Georgia teacher arrested after firing gun in school

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, a north Georgia teacher was arrested after he locked himself in his classroom and fired a handgun out of his classroom window.

The incident happened at Dalton High School, located about 85 miles north of Atlanta.

The shooting raised the already tense debate involving guns in schools.

According to CNN, “President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, among others, have proposed that teachers should be allowed to bring firearms into schools to defend against possible attacks. But critics have said arming teachers would create a host of other dangerous side effects, and pointed to the Dalton shooting as Exhibit A in that argument.”

The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m., when 53-year-old social studies teacher Randal Davidson refused to let students in his room during his planning period. When the principal of the school tried to unlock the door in an attempt to enter Davidson’s classroom, the teacher fired a shot from the classroom window.

The school was locked down, and the immediate area around Davidson’s classroom was evacuated by the police.

The shot that was fired did not appear to be aimed at anyone.

According to The Washington Post, “One student who injured her ankle as the school was being evacuated was treated by medics. No other children were injured or in danger, according to police. The Georgia State Patrol also responded to the incident.”

The teacher was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon in a school zone, and making terroristic threats in the presence of others.