Dalton, GA – A teacher from Dalton High School was taken into custody after he barricaded himself in a classroom with a weapon on Wednesday.
WXIA reported that Dalton City Police posted a tweet early Wednesday afternoon that said officers were responding to the high school for reports of shots fired at about 11:30 a.m.
Dalton Police Public Information Officer Bruce Frazier said that the incident began when the teacher wouldn’t let students into his classroom at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The students went and got the high school’s principal, and told him the door was locked. He returned to the classroom with them, and tried to open the door, and the teacher forced the door shut, police said.
The principal took out his key and tried to open the classroom door, and at that point, he heard a gunshot, Officer Frazier said.
“My understanding is that there was at least one shot fired,” he said.
The principal immediately put the school into lockdown and called police.
Officers responded quickly and went to the area of the school where the teacher was barricaded.
They made the decision to evacuate that hallway… and secured that area first, police said.
Officer Frazier said they evacuated all the students and faculty from the nearby classrooms in that part of the school before they began negotiations with the teacher.
After about 45 minutes, police said they were able to get the gunman to surrender.
No students or faculty were shot, and the teacher was taken into custody by police, WXIA reported. One student injured an ankle during the evacuation.
Students were being taken off campus to be reunited with their parents at the Trade Center, Officer Frazier said.
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