In the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump and other NRA-funded lawmakers called for arming teachers to prevent such massacres. The proposal faced significant backlash, particularly from teachers who said they should not have to shoulder this responsibility and from students who did not want more guns inside their schools.
Although several studies and statistics proved how more guns is not the solution to end the country’s growing gun pandemic, the Trump administration and Republicans continued to assert arming teachers was a good idea.
Well, as it turns out, it is indeed a bad idea.
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.
Fortunately, students were not present inside the class at the time of the incident. However, at least one student suffered an ankle injury while trying to exit the building.
Jesse Randall Davidson, who taught social studies and was a play-by-play announcer at football games at Dalton High School, reportedly locked the door of the classroom during his planning period. When the students realized they were unable to enter, they alerted principal Steve Bartoo, who then tried to enter the room.
VIDEO: Dalton High students running to safety after reports of shots fired. @DaltonPD says the suspect is believed to be a teacher. Suspect is in custody. Video credit Dalton HS Student @wesleycaceres5. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/pFyoBVbtFc— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) February 28, 2018
“I didn’t get the door open very far, but he slammed the door and hollered ‘Go away, don’t come in here.’ He had some nonsensical noises that were made as well,” he recalled, adding he returned with a key and tried to unlock the door when Davidson told him he had a gun.
The 53-year-old educator then proceeded with firing a shot outside the window.
The police arrived at the school shortly and arrested Davidson without any other incident. The officers claimed the teacher did not appear to be aiming at a person.
“I don’t know whether he was just firing the gun off to let people know to back off or what,” said police spokesman Bruce Frazier.
Interestingly, judging by the tweets on social media following the incident, Davidson appeared to be popular among the students, who all expressed disbelief and fear at what had happened.
@nra my favorite teacher at Dalton high school just blockaded his door and proceeded to shoot. We had to run out The back of the school in the rain. Students were being trampled and screaming. I dare you to tell me arming teachers will make us safe.— Chondi?? (@_omg_chondi_) February 28, 2018
Mr.Davidson was my favorite teacher. This is so heart breaking. It can be anyone #DALTON— alyssa?? (@alyssaflynn10) February 28, 2018
It’s still unclear why Davidson was armed or why he fired his gun inside the school, this shooting is a reminder that arming teachers is not going to solve the problem of mass shootings.
If anything, it might make the whole thing even worse.
Shots were fired at Dalton High School in Georgia today—by a teacher. Clearly the only logical solution now is to arm all students.— Keating Thomas (@keatingthomas) February 28, 2018
Shots fired at Dalton High School in Georgia by a teacher who barricaded himself in a classroom.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 28, 2018
It only took 2 weeks for real-world evidence to cause the right-wing strategy of arming teachers to unravel.
No children hurt. This time. Let's make sure there isn't a next time.
BREAKING: According to initial reports at Dalton High School in Georgia, a teacher was barricaded into a classroom with a gun, and tried to shoot himself. There are reports of shots fired. Children are safe.— Ed Krassenstein ?? (@EdKrassen) February 28, 2018
Do you still want to arm our teachers now?
Thumbnail/Banner Credits: Whitfield County Sheriff's Office