DALTON, Ga. - It's been almost two weeks since a Dalton High School teacher allegedly fired off a gun inside the school. Tuesday night, the high school hosted what it called a community listening session. The goal was to discuss ways the district can improve campus safety.
Parents, students, and staff met for over two hours at the high school discussing ways to improve campus safety.
“There are pockets of people who think I don't need to worry about this, this is Dalton it's safe nothing can happen here. I think we've all found that's not true,” one speaker said.
One by one, they took to the microphones to share their concerns and offer suggestions to improve security at the district's schools.
“There was a long time for the teachers that we were on edge," said one parent.
The gathering comes two weeks after an armed teacher incited panic at the high school campus.
Social studies teacher Randal Davidson fired off at least one shot after barricading himself in a classroom on February 28.
"I'm an employee but I also have my grandson and my husband work for the schools so I am concerned about the safety band what plans they have or will implement for the school," said Mary Vasquez, grandparent.
The Dalton School Board hosted the community listening session on school safety. Parents gave voice to their fears and frustrations, hopeful board members would act on their suggestions.
“I think it's a lot of talk about implementation but nothing's being implemented and I just don't want to see it die down and not be dealt with,” said Melissa Whittle, parent.
School board members said they will review the ideas presented at the meeting to determine what can be implemented as they prepare next year's budget.