High school teacher shoots himself inside classroom; students evacuated

A Lithia Springs, Georgia, high school teacher shot himself at school on Thursday morning. Classes were canceled and students were evacuated.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that according to Douglas sheriff’s Sgt. Jesse Hambrick, authorities recovered a handgun at around noon on Thursday after a teacher shot himself inside his classroom at Lithia Springs High School earlier that morning. The teacher then made his way through various parts of the school before authorities detained him and rushed him to the hospital. He’s said to be in stable condition.

“Obviously we do not allow teachers to carry handguns on our property,” Hambrick said. “However, there is no way of checking teachers to make sure they don’t have weapons on them.”

The teacher’s name, the classes he taught, and the grade level he taught are not currently disclosed, but a few students told local reporters that he was a math teacher. He remains in the hospital, but is expected to survive. So far, there is no known motive for the shooting.

All students were evacuated safely and without any injuries. Apparently, the shooting occurred around 7 a.m., before the students arrived. According to Hambrick, a fellow staff member called 911 after she saw the teacher; authorities were on the scene quickly. When students started arriving on campus, officials immediately directed them into the school gym for pickup.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Friday, with grief counselors on hand if needed.

There has been no indication yet whether or not the teacher intentionally shot himself or if it was accidental. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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