ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — A physical education teacher at Saks High School was found with a gun on Thursday morning.
Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said Saks High School Principal Seth Taylor saw broken windows and smoke coming from the school’s gym before 8 a.m. He discovered physical education teacher LaGregory Thomas was found with his shirt off and had a gun.
Thomas had also allegedly set a fire in the wrestling room. Taylor talked Thomas into putting the gun down.
Wade said there were no students in the gym during the incident. No one was endangered or hurt. Thomas had worked at the high school for 14 years and was spoken highly of, according to Wade. Thomas has no known history of mental health issues.
Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jose Reyes stated campus security and local law enforcement were immediately contacted to investigate the matter. He also stated security measures were promptly put in place.
The staff member, who Wade identified as Thomas, was informed of the allegations and is cooperating fully with the investigation, according to Reyes. The school system has provided support services to any individuals affected by the incident and is offering resources for counseling and assistance if needed.