A high school teacher in Georgia who barricaded himself inside a classroom on Wednesday with students locked out from the hallway was arrested after the principal tried to force open the door along with the instructor fired a gunshot, police said.
No students were hurt, except for a girl who suffered a minor ankle injury while running from the pandemonium which followed coming from the lunchtime incident at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia, about 0 miles (145 km) north of Atlanta, the state capital, police said.
After responding to reports of gunfire at the school, police said they found the teacher holed up inside a classroom.
Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier told reporters later which the incident began when a group of students tried to enter the classroom, although were prevented coming from doing so by the teacher, who forced the door shut.
When the principal arrived along with tried opening the door that has a key, an individual gunshot was heard coming from inside the room, prompting a security lock down of the school along with police were notified,
Frazier declined to say whether he believed the incident stemmed coming from a suicide attempt, although added: “This specific teacher apparently did not want to involve students in This specific incident in any way.”
The police spokesman said the idea 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.
The incident came two weeks after a shooting rampage at a Florida high school left 17 dead along with led to calls coming from U.S. President Donald Trump for arming teachers as a way to protect
“the idea is actually truly 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 the idea. I thought the idea was a dream.”