An armed teacher was in custody Wednesday afternoon after state and federal police in northwest Georgia responded to reports of shots fired at a high school.
No students at Dalton High School were hurt or remained in danger after they were evacuated as the crisis unfolded, Dalton police tweeted.
The teacher initially barricaded himself in an empty classroom at about 11:30 a.m. ET as confused students tried to get in, Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said at a news conference. There were then reports that a gun was fired. The teacher surrendered after 30 to 45 minutes, reported NBC affiliate WXIA.
Frazier confirmed that at least one shot was fired after a principal used a key to try and get into the barricaded classroom. It was unclear what led the teacher to lock himself inside the classroom, Frazier said, but that he claimed he did not want to involve students.
A school resource officer is also assigned to Dalton High School, which is about 90 miles north of Atlanta and has about 2,000 students, according to its website. It was not immediately known where the officer was positioned at the time.
One female student who ran from the scene suffered an ankle injury, Dalton police tweeted.
One student apparently sustained an ankle injury running inside the school during the evacuation. Student is being treated by EMS at the school.
— Dalton Police (@DaltonPD) February 28, 2018
Charges against the teacher were pending.
The incident comes two weeks after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that claimed 17 lives.
President Donald Trump proposed a solution to end classroom massacres by arming some of America’s teachers with concealed weapons — a suggestion that has gotten push back from educators and students across the country.