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Dalton school officials knew of teacher’s previous odd behavior, took steps

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The day after a teacher who reportedly had mental health issues was accused of barricading himself in a classroom with a gun and firing a shot, Dalton school district officials sought to ease student concerns and reassure the public that they work to ensure all teachers are medically cleared to be in the classroom.

No one was hurt in the Wednesday incident at Dalton High, but the situation prompted school officials to cancel classes Thursday.

School will reopen Friday, with additional police, counselors and faith-based leaders on hand to protect and comfort students and faculty.

(Eric Stirgus / AJC)

Twice since March 2016, Dalton police responded to calls about the teacher, Jesse Randal Davidson, 53. Dalton school officials said they were aware of those incidents.

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Read what school officials did after two previous events involving the police and Davidson at MyAJC.com.



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