Teacher Arrested After Shots Fired at Georgia High School, as Trump Calls for Arming Teachers

A Georgia high school was placed on lockdown and a teacher taken into custody after reports of gunfire on campus. The incident follows calls from President Donald Trump and some elected officials to arm educators to prevent school shootings.

Police responded to Dalton High School after receiving reports for shots fired around noon, according to the department's social media alerts. Investigators discovered a teacher barricaded inside a classroom.

"The teacher is in custody," the Dalton Police Department announced via Twitter shortly after 12:20 p.m. ET, about 10 minutes after the initial alert. No students were wounded in the shooting, but one student suffered an ankle injury while running through the school to evacuate, police said. That student was being treated by emergency responders.

After the school was placed on lockdown, the students were transported about three miles away to the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, police said. Police directed parents to head to the site to reunite with their children.

The incident comes as the country is embroiled in a heated gun control debate, spurred by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14. Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, one for each person killed in that attack. Over a dozen others were wounded as Cruz allegedly opened fire with his legally purchased AR-15.

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In the days after that shooting, Trump endorsed a proposal to arm teachers as a deterrent to future school shootings. On Tuesday, Florida lawmakers in House and Senate committees voted to advance similar bills that included creating a program to train teachers for carrying guns in the classroom.

School officials in Florida and education advocates across the country have voiced opposition to such proposals.

Speaking to Newsweek about the Florida bills, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said the idea of putting guns in the hands of teachers is ridiculous.

"More guns in schools is dangerous. It's just dangerous," she said. "Parents know this is a bad idea, teachers know this is a bad idea, the school custodians know this is a bad idea, superintendents know this is a bad idea.

"There's going to be accident," García said.