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Dalton, GA - Georgia Teacher Arrested After Firing Gunshot Alone In School Classroom

Published on: February 28, 2018 02:22 PM
Last updated on: February 28, 2018 02:53 PM
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In this Feb. 24, 2018 photo, the main entrance of Dalton High School is shown, in Dalton, Ga. Police in Georgia say officers are responding to reports of shots fired at the high school and a teacher who may have been barricaded in a classroom is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)In this Feb. 24, 2018 photo, the main entrance of Dalton High School is shown, in Dalton, Ga. Police in Georgia say officers are responding to reports of shots fired at the high school and a teacher who may have been barricaded in a classroom is in custody. (AP Photo/Jeff Martin)

Dalton, GA - An armed high school teacher in Georgia barricaded himself alone inside his classroom, then fired a gunshot when the principal tried to force open the door, but no one was seriously injured, police said after the instructor was arrested.

The shooting, which unfolded as schools around the country remained on edge from gun violence earlier this month that claimed 17 lives in the neighboring state of Florida, unfolded around lunchtime at Dalton High School, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Atlanta, the Georgia capital.

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After responding to reports of gunfire at the school, the Dalton Police Department said the teacher in question was found holed up inside a classroom. He was taken into custody without incident about 30 to 45 minutes later, police spokesman Bruce Frazier told reporters later.

The incident began when a group of students tried to enter the classroom, “and the teacher was not letting anybody inside,” Frazier said.

When the principal arrived and tried opening the door with a key, a single gunshot was heard from inside the room, prompting a security lockdown of the school as police were notified and the school’s resource officer was summoned, Frazier said.

Arriving police evacuated teachers and students from the hallway as they confronted the instructor.

Frazier said he had no immediate explanation for what may have precipitated the incident, and he declined to say whether he believed it stemmed from a suicide attempt, but added: “This teacher apparently did not want to involve students in this incident in any way.”

The incident came two weeks after a shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 dead and led to calls from U.S. President Donald Trump for arming teachers as a way to protect students.

Only one minor injury was reported on Wednesday - a girl who hurt her ankle while fleeing in the pandemonium, Frazier said.

The police spokesman said it was not immediately clear whether any students had previously been in a classroom with the teacher while he was armed. The weapon involved was a handgun, he said.

Students at the high school, which has an enrollment of about 2,000 pupils, were all being taken to a nearby convention center in Dalton, authorities said.

“It is really serious after so many things have happened all over the country,” student Ricardo Perez told television station WTVC-TV in a telephone interview after the incident. “I’m shocked, I can’t believe it. I thought it was a dream.”



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 Feb 28, 2018 at 06:00 PM Realistic Says:

Simple solution, arm teachers and all the worries are gone.

There has never been a psyco teacher.

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 Feb 28, 2018 at 06:48 PM hashomer Says:

Obviously the armed teacher was there to protect students from... himself(?). He's a member of a 'well regulated militia' no doubt. And of course, the bloody NRA. FEH.

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 Feb 28, 2018 at 08:42 PM adar29 Says:

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hashomer Says:

Obviously the armed teacher was there to protect students from... himself(?). He's a member of a 'well regulated militia' no doubt. And of course, the bloody NRA. FEH.

It's about time we start doing psych evaluation in all the teachers across the mason.

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 Feb 28, 2018 at 09:29 PM Anonymous Says:

It is a bad idea to arm teachers; security of schools should be left to private security guards, who have been psychologically screened.

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