Gunshot at Georgia school ignites debate on arming teachers

This undated photo provided by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office shows Jesse Randal Davidson. Social studies teacher Davidson barricaded himself inside a classroom at Dalton High School in Dalton, Ga., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, and fired a handgun, sending students running outside or hunkering down in darkened gym locker rooms, authorities said. (Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office via AP)


DALTON — The bond hearing for Randal Davidson, the teacher accused of firing a revolver at Dalton High School on Feb. 28, has been continued from Friday to Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the request of his attorney, according to District Attorney Bert Poston.

Davidson remains in the Whitfield County jail. Multiple messages left for Davidson’s attorney, Richard Murray, at his office have not been returned.

Davidson waived his first appearance in Magistrate Court on March 1 and was placed on the Superior Court calendar for this past Tuesday. In an email sent to the Daily Citizen-News on Monday morning, Poston said the bond hearing had been moved to Friday.

Davidson has been in the Whitfield County jail after being charged by the Dalton Police Department with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and acts, carrying a weapon in school safety zones, reckless conduct, disrupting a public school and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Dalton High was placed on lockdown and evacuated after police said Davidson barred students and administrators from coming into his classroom and fired a bullet through the window. Davidson had been in a planning period before the shooting and no students were in the classroom at the time.

DPD spokesman Bruce Frazier said police recovered a .38-caliber snub-nosed revolver from the scene. He said Davidson brought the gun into the school in a computer case. Davidson surrendered to School Resource Officer Bart Chandler “30 to 45 minutes” after the incident began, according to DHS Principal Steve Bartoo. No one was seriously injured during the incident, but one student injured an ankle injury during the evacuation of students and staff.