Amid The Debate Whether To Arm Teachers With Guns, A Georgia Teacher Was Arrested After Opening Fire in School

After the Parkland, Florida school shooting many people, including President Donald Trump, voiced their support to arm teachers with guns as a way to protect students. However, the students who survived the attack do not hold the same view and have been mobilizing widespread support for sensible gun reform.

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On Wednesday around 11:30 am Principal Steve Bartoo received a call on his radio that a teacher was not letting any students into his classroom. In a press conference he said that when he attempted to enter the classroom with a key, 53-year-old Randal Davidson slammed the door shut and yelled at him to not come inside. At one point the social studies teacher said, "I have a gun," and the principal immediately got in touch with the Dalton police and placed the school on lockdown. A gunshot was heard soon after and everyone was evacuated in the area of that building. Luckily no one was hurt and Davidson was taken into custody approximately half an hour later. 

However, the fear among the students was still the same. The gunshot drove a lot of students into panic and one student hurt her ankle while running away.

Many students from Stoneman Douglas students tweeted out their support to scared Dalton High School students.

While others pointed out that this served as an example as to why teachers should not be armed with guns.


Davidson faces charges of aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of a gun during commission of a crime and disrupting public school, police said.

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It is still not clear why Davidson barricaded himself in the classroom with a gun. Dalton high school students will return to class on Friday.