Social Studies teacher Jesse Randal Davidson, 53, fired a gun in a classroom at Dalton High School in Georgia at 11:30 am on February 28, 2018. The principal, Steve Bartoo, described Davidson as an excellent teacher who was fit to be at work.
Principal Steve Bartoo told reporters that he and an assistant principal helped get the students into another classroom before trying to make contact; Bartoo says Davidson yelled to him to go away and began making “nonsensical noises.”
When Bartoo tried to unlock the door Davidson warned, “Don’t come in here, I have a gun.” Bartoo ordered the school into a “threat lockdown” and shortly after a gunshot was heard. Davidson had fired out the window, and fortunately no one was was struck. One student sustained an ankle injury while running.
The school resource officer and local police were able to persuade Davidson to leave peacefully. Police say Davison was charged with with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon to school, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of gun during a crime and disrupting public schools.