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Dalton High School cancels Thursday classes after teacher arrested for firing gun in classroom

Jesse Davidson (Source: Facebook) Jesse Davidson (Source: Facebook)
DALTON, GA (CBS46) -

Classes have been canceled Thursday at Dalton High School after a scary situation on Wednesday.

A teacher was charged with barricading himself in a classroom, then reportedly firing a gun. Cell phone video showed the chaos in the halls of Dalton High School on Wednesday as students and staff rushed to get out of the building.


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It all started when Social Studies teacher Jesse Davidson reportedly refused to let anyone in his classroom. When the principal came to unlock the door, he heard a gunshot. The bullet went through the window.

Eventually, a school resource officer got Davidson to surrender. According to officials, he brought a .38 caliber revolver inside his computer case.

Davidson is facing several charges including aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds and terroristic threats.

In an incident report filed in 2016, Davidson confessed to police that he had a woman that he was having an online affair with killed after he broke off the affair. Dalton Police officers investigated the claim but could not find any credible evidence that the woman ever existed.

Davidson also told detectives that he was taking several medications for depression and had been released from a hospital the day of filing the incident report. 

Another incident report, filed in 2017, stated that Davidson was reported missing after leaving work early due to illness. When his son came to pick him up from Dalton High School, he could not be found. Davidson was later located walking on Waugh Street near the intersection of Trammel Street. EMS was contacted and Davidson was conscious but unresponsive. He was transported to Hamilton Medical Center for treatment. 

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