Georgia teacher accused of firing gun at school released from jail

Jesse Randal Davidson identified as teacher in custody after firing a gun inside Dalton High School in Georgia, Photo Date: Undated / Photo credity: Whitfield County Sheriff's Office / MGN
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By: Associated Press
March 16, 2018

DALTON, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia teacher accused of firing a handgun in his classroom has been released from jail on a $10,000 bond for psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

The Daily Citizen-News reports 53-year-old Jesse Randal Davidson was released from jail in Whitfield County on bond Thursday afternoon. District Attorney Bert Poston says Davidson will remain in custody at a mental health facility rather than in jail.

Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier says Davidson fired a snub-nosed .38-caliber revolver out his classroom window at Dalton High School on Feb. 28. Dalton Public Schools spokeswoman Pat Holloway tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the social studies teacher's contract will not be renewed for next year.

Davidson faces six charges including aggravated assault. Messages the Citizen-News left for Davidson's attorney, Richard Murray, were not returned Thursday afternoon.

By: Associated Press
March 3, 2018

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia sheriff's report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday reveals that a teacher accused of firing a gun in his classroom had his guns taken away after setting his family car ablaze two years ago.

The report says deputies brought him to a hospital for a mental evaluation and seized three rifles for safe-keeping after Jesse Randal Davidson torched the Mitsubishi Outlander on Aug. 13, 2016.
This latest report shows he was hospitalized at least three times as people worried about his state of mind.

Davidson allegedly fired a handgun out his classroom window at Dalton High School on Wednesday. No one was hit, but it caused chaos.

The additional details about Davidson's past run-ins with law enforcement emerged as the school reopened Friday.

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