A Georgia high school teacher barricaded himself in a classroom Wednesday and fired his gun through a window. Now, police say the teacher had multiple incidents of strange behavior, including an attempt to confess to a murder, according to WTVC-TV.
What’s the story?
Jesse Randal Davidson, a teacher at Dalton High School in Dalton, Georgia, wouldn’t let students into his classroom at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
When the principal tried to get in using his key, Davidson pushed it closed and kept him from entering.
At that point, Davidson fired his snub-nosed .38 revolver through a classroom window.
Police evacuated the hallway and convinced Davidson to surrender after about 45 minutes.
Davidson was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and disrupting a public school.
How did he get the gun in the classroom?
Dalton High School does not allow guns on campus, but a police spokesman said Davidson brought it in his computer case.
What’s the teacher’s background?
Davidson came to Dalton High School in 2004, and principal Steve Bartoo called him a “good teacher” who was named teacher of the year in 2012. He’s also the broadcaster for school football and basketball games.
Involved in a murder?
Davidson has had some troubling incidents over the past two years, according to police documents.
In March 2016, Davidson told police he’d had an internet affair with a woman named Jacqueline Enrique, who he said was his adopted son’s girlfriend.
Davidson said he broke the affair off after a few weeks, when he told his wife about it. He said Enrique was pregnant with twins at that time, and that she was physically abusive to the children after they were born.
Davidson then said he was approached by “two friends” who offered to “take care” of Enrique for him because of her abuse. Davidson agreed.
After the men returned, Davidson said he asked them if they had scared Enrique, and they replied that it was “worse than that,” which Davidson interpreted as murder.
Davidson did not give any details about the men, and police could not verify the existence of a Jacqueline Enrique. He said he was on several medications for depression and had just been discharged from the hospital. Davidson was taken to a local hospital because he said he was thinking about hurting himself.
The police report speculated that Davidson “may be delusional.”
In January 2017, Davidson was reported to police as missing from the school. He had reported to his wife and supervisor earlier that he wasn’t feeling well.
Davidson was later found by school staff members at a local intersection, sitting on the curb, conscious but unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital.
An email sent to Bartoo on Thursday afternoon asking about the school’s response to the aforementioned occurrences has not yet received a response. School officials were unable to be reached by phone because the school was closed Thursday as a result of the incident.