Authorities in Dalton, Georgia, arrested a high school teacher after he reportedly barricaded himself inside a classroom and fired his gun inside the school, sending the students running for safety or hiding from what they probably feared was another mass shooter.
Police in Georgia say officers have responded to reports of shots fired at a high school and a teacher who may have been barricaded in a classroom is in custody.
The police said they were still investigating how Mr. Davidson got a handgun into the school and what motivated him to fire it. "Also serves as play by play voice of the Dalton football team", Dalton police wrote on Twitter.
Davidson was charged with aggravated assault, carrying weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of gun during commission of a crime and disrupting public school.
The professor, identified as Jesse Randal Davidson, would have pointed away from any person, and the police have not yet determined the reasons for his behavior that led to the immediate evacuation of the institution. "I thought it was a dream".
Dalton Assistant Police Chief Cliff Cason says his department has not had prior contact with Davidson and is still investigating a motive for the shooting.
Bartoo then called the school's resource officer and then tried to enter Davidson's classroom again.
"It's our basic student right to feel safe at school and if (teachers were armed), I wouldn't feel safe".
BREAKING: Dalton High School will be closed tomorrow after shooting incident, per district officials.
No one was hit by the shot, fired toward a neighborhood across the street from the school northwest of Atlanta.
A "threatening" note was found last week at the school but wasn't immediately clear whether the note was related to the shooting yesterday.
When officers quizzed Davidson they asked if the duo scared her, but he said it was "worse than that" leading them to believe she had been murdered.
Student Emma Jacobs texted her mother while she hid inside a darkened classroom, said her mother, Annmarie Jacobs.
In its report of the Georgia incident, CNN pointed out that critics say arming teachers could create a host of other risky side effects. "He really wanted the students to understand the concept", Zeisig told The Associated Press.
About 30 to 45 minutes after the police arrived at the scene, Davidson surrendered, according to Dalton Police Spokesman Bruce Frazier.
Dalton is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Atlanta.