Georgia teacher fires gun in classroom; no one hurt

ATLANTA (AP) — A social studies teacher barricaded himself inside a classroom at a Georgia high school on Wednesday and fired a handgun in what may have been a warning shot, authorities said.

No students were in the classroom at the time, and the only injury reported was a student who hurt her ankle running when Dalton High School was evacuated.

The shooting happened two weeks after a Florida school shooting left 17 students and faculty dead, put the country on edge and ignited a new debate over gun control in America.

The teacher, 53-year-old Jesse Randal Davidson, was taken into custody without incident after a 30- to 45-minute standoff with officers, Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said. Davidson, a teacher since 2004, also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the high school’s football team, police said in a tweet.

Police didn’t immediately say why Davidson fired the gun, but noted that he aimed away from anyone into an exterior window.

“I don’t know whether he was just firing the gun off to let people know to back off or what,” Frazier said.

The shooting happened about 11:30 a.m. during Davidson’s planning period. Students tried to get into his classroom, but he wouldn’t let them in.

The students notified the principal, who tried to open the door with a key. That’s when Davidson fired the gun and the school was immediately placed on lockdown, authorities said.

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