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Dalton High School students return to class Friday after teacher arrested for gun scare


DALTON, Ga. (WTVC) - Dalton High School students went back to class Friday for the first time since a social studies teacher was arrested Wednesday.

As expected, there was extra security at the school.

Several people in the Dalton community talked about school safety, and if they think arming teachers is the right thing to do.

"You gotta be scared. Everybody's got to be scared and worried," Sherry Moon said.

Sherry Moon is a mom, and even though her kids don't go to Dalton High School, she said more needs to be done for their safety.

Two days ago, police arrested teacher Randal Davidson after they said he fired a gun at the school after he barricaded himself inside one of the rooms. Principal Steve Bartoo told us that despite the incident, Davidson was "fit to teach that day, absolutely fit to be a teacher."

Ethan Steins is enrolling at Dalton. He said he would like to see more armed police at schools.

"Everywhere I go I see jewelry stores being protected by guns, I see banks being protected by guns, but all I see at a schools is a sign," Steins said.

Jeff Conlon is a former Dalton Catamount. He said a lot has changed since he graduated.

"The worst is that the kids are going to school scared. I graduated from Dalton High School 15-20 years ago, and I was never scared when I went to school," Conklin said.

Stein said his first day at Dalton will be Monday, and despite what happened, he never thought about not enrolling here.

"I still think it's a good school. I've heard a lot of good things about it. I do think that, just because of one incident, we shouldn't tell people not to go there. Incidents happen all the time like this," Steins said.

Dalton school officials said there are extra counselors on campus Friday to help in any way they can.

As far as Davidson goes, we know he waived his first court appearance but is expected to be in court on Tuesday.

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