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Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School
February 1, 2013 at 7:02 AM


Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School

Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School

Authorities stage at Price Middle school in Atlanta Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, after a child was shot. Credit: AP

ATLANTA (AP) — A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.

Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said.

The wounded boy was taken “alert, conscious and breathing” to Grady Memorial Hospital, said police spokesman Carlos Campos. Grady Heath System Spokeswoman Denise Simpson said the teen had been discharged from the hospital Thursday night. Campos said charges against the shooter were pending.

Police swarmed the school of about 400 students after reports of the shooting while a crowd of anxious parents gathered in the streets, awaiting word on their children. Students were kept at the locked-down school for more than two hours before being dismissed.

Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students that may have led to it.

Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said the school does have metal detectors.

“The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector?” Davis asked about the gun. “That’s something we do not know yet.”

The armed resource officer who took the gun away was off-duty and at the school, but police didn’t release details on him or whether he is regularly at Price. Since 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December, calls for armed officers in every school have resonated across the country.

Hours after the Atlanta shooting, several school buses loaded with children pulled away from the school and stopped in front of a church about a half-block away. Parents tried boarding the buses. Police who initially tried to stop the parents, relented and screamed, “Let them off!” about the students.

Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School

Busses arrive at a church carrying children from Price Middle school in Atlanta on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, after a child was shot at the school. Credit: AP

Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School

Authorities stage at Price Middle school in Atlanta Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, after a child was shot. Credit: AP

Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School

Authorities stage at Price Middle school in Atlanta Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, after a child was shot. A 14-year-old boy was wounded outside the school Thursday afternoon and a fellow student was in custody as a suspect, authorities said. No other students were hurt. Credit: AP

James Bolton was at work when his sister called saying a teen had been shot at his son’s school and was in the crowd as parents began swarming the fleet of buses.

“Move, I see my son, I see mine!” he said, running up to embrace James Bolton Jr. “As long as I got this one back I’m OK,” he said, holding his son’s head against his chest as parents nearby frantically searched for their children.

Bolton Jr. said he was in class when the intercom sounded and a school official announced the building was under immediate lockdown.

“They told us we had to be quiet,” Bolton told The Associated Press. “They said something went on in the courtyard.” Bolton said he was unaware that anyone had been shot until a reporter asked him about it.

Shakita Walker, whose daughter is an eighth-grader at the school, said she received a text from her that said, “Ma somebody’s shooting and somebody got shot.” Walker, who works at another school, said she jumped in her car and was thinking “just hurry up and get there.”

Walker said her daughter called to tell her that they were being kept in the gymnasium, but she said she was anxious to see her to make sure she was OK.

The fear and anxiety was palpable in the crowd, as one person yelled, “Does anyone know what happened?”

Superintendent Davis sympathized with concerned parents who complained that it took too long for students to be released from the building. He said emergency procedures were followed according to protocol and school district officials would meet Friday to review their response. Calls to the school district were not immediately returned.

Mayor Kasim Reed condemned gun violence in a statement shortly after the shooting and said counselors were at the school to meet with students, faculty and family members.

“Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end,” Reed said. “Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief.”

Outside the school, Laquanda Pittman said she still hasn’t heard from her sixth-grade son. She said she heard the news of the shooting on TV and immediately came to the school.

“All types of stuff went through my head. I’m wondering whether it was my child who got shot, is my child OK, did he see what happened?” Pittman said.

She said she just wants to see her son.

“As a parent, you just think you can send your child to school and you hope they come home OK,” she said.

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Replies

  • LilyofPhilly
    February 1, 2013 at 7:25 AM
    Since I know all the gun nuts will be comparing this to Sandy Hook and using it to prove the need for armed guards in schools, I need to point this out:


    Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students that may have led to it.


    Sounds like the kid was done doing what he came to do anyway. It also doesn't sound like semi-automatic weapons or high capacity magazines were involved. And then there's this:

    School security guard in Michigan leaves gun in bathroom, officials say

    By Vignesh Ramachandran, Staff Writer, NBC News Officials say a recently hired security officer left a firearm unattended in a Michigan charter school bathroom, local media reported.
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/18/16590086-school-security-guard-in-michigan-leaves-gun-in-bathroom-officials-say?lite


  • PhoenixMomof3
    February 1, 2013 at 7:34 AM
    Why is it so impossible on this site to just read the facts of the story without everything becoming a big ordeal? God forbid there be a happy ending, huh!? We better bash it!
  • candlegal
    February 1, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    and that makes a difference, how?    It was still stopped by an armed person.  We don't know if anyone else would have been shot if he had not been there.

    Quoting LilyofPhilly:

    Since I know all the gun nuts will be comparing this to Sandy Hook and using it to prove the need for armed guards in schools, I need to point this out:


    Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students that may have led to it.


    Sounds like the kid was done doing what he came to do anyway. It also doesn't sound like semi-automatic weapons or high capacity magazines were involved. And then there's this:

    School security guard in Michigan leaves gun in bathroom, officials say

    By Vignesh Ramachandran, Staff Writer, NBC News Officials say a recently hired security officer left a firearm unattended in a Michigan charter school bathroom, local media reported.
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/18/16590086-school-security-guard-in-michigan-leaves-gun-in-bathroom-officials-say?lite



  • LilyofPhilly
    February 1, 2013 at 7:44 AM
    And we don't know if they would have either. A true psychopath would not surrender to one armed guard if he wasn't done. What then? You want an armed guard and a psychopath exchanging bullet fire in a school building? Maybe a hostage situation?

    Quoting candlegal:

    and that makes a difference, how?    It was still stopped by an armed person.  We don't know if anyone else would have been shot if he had not been there.

    Quoting LilyofPhilly:

    Since I know all the gun nuts will be comparing this to Sandy Hook and using it to prove the need for armed guards in schools, I need to point this out:





    Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students that may have led to it.





    Sounds like the kid was done doing what he came to do anyway. It also doesn't sound like semi-automatic weapons or high capacity magazines were involved. And then there's this:



    School security guard in Michigan leaves gun in bathroom, officials say



    By Vignesh Ramachandran, Staff Writer, NBC News Officials say a recently hired security officer left a firearm unattended in a Michigan charter school bathroom, local media reported.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/18/16590086-school-security-guard-in-michigan-leaves-gun-in-bathroom-officials-say?lite






  • LilyofPhilly
    February 1, 2013 at 7:45 AM
    How is it a happy ending? A kid was shot. He should have never gotten that far. Sounds like having an armed guard is creating a false sense of security.

    Quoting PhoenixMomof3:

    Why is it so impossible on this site to just read the facts of the story without everything becoming a big ordeal? God forbid there be a happy ending, huh!? We better bash it!
  • candlegal
    February 1, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    well since this is the first time we have had an armed guard and he did surrender, I guess we will never know if it would happen again.   Do you have the mindset of a true psychopath and know exactly what they will or won't do?  I would rather have the two of them exchanging gun fire rather than a psychopath just running around randomly shooting everyone because he isn't in the middle of a gunfight.   At least being in the middle of a gunfight, everyone else has the chance to get out while they are busy shooting at each other.

    Quoting LilyofPhilly:

    And we don't know if they would have either. A true psychopath would not surrender to one armed guard if he wasn't done. What then? You want an armed guard and a psychopath exchanging bullet fire in a school building? Maybe a hostage situation?

    Quoting candlegal:

    and that makes a difference, how?    It was still stopped by an armed person.  We don't know if anyone else would have been shot if he had not been there.

    Quoting LilyofPhilly:

    Since I know all the gun nuts will be comparing this to Sandy Hook and using it to prove the need for armed guards in schools, I need to point this out:





    Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students that may have led to it.





    Sounds like the kid was done doing what he came to do anyway. It also doesn't sound like semi-automatic weapons or high capacity magazines were involved. And then there's this:



    School security guard in Michigan leaves gun in bathroom, officials say



    By Vignesh Ramachandran, Staff Writer, NBC News Officials say a recently hired security officer left a firearm unattended in a Michigan charter school bathroom, local media reported.

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/18/16590086-school-security-guard-in-michigan-leaves-gun-in-bathroom-officials-say?lite







  • candlegal
    February 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    The problem is that this situation didn't fit into what normally happens.   This proves it can be stopped when somone has a gun on hand.   That isn't what the left wants he hear.   There is no gun control or disarming the good guys when this type of thing happens.

    Had the officer not been there and more people would have been shot, it would just be another case for  gun control.

    Quoting PhoenixMomof3:

    They didn't say he was an armed guard, they said he was an off duty officer who was armed. In fact, there was no comment about the school having a guard at all.

    And the boy who was shot left the scene breathing and conscious... a happy ending, all things considered.

    Would you prefer that every school just be a free for all? They also stated that there was a security system in place and it failed. The kid got past it. Thank goodness on this day there happened to be an armed individual verses a bunch of parents with their fingers crossed that everything just turns out well!

    Beyond that one response, I am not discussing this. Bash away! :) I came for the story and I have it now. I have no desire to argue with people whom I don't know and never will! Later! :)


  • PhoenixMomof3
    February 1, 2013 at 8:02 AM
    Eh. You are going to have to debate this with people who care to. You refuse to acknowledge the reality that there are real, life threatening dangers challenging our schools today... and without that base to discussion... we are both just wasting time.

    Later.


    Quoting LilyofPhilly:

    How is it a happy ending? A kid was shot. He should have never gotten that far. Sounds like having an armed guard is creating a false sense of security.



    Quoting PhoenixMomof3:

    Why is it so impossible on this site to just read the facts of the story without everything becoming a big ordeal? God forbid there be a happy ending, huh!? We better bash it!

  • LilyofPhilly
    February 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM
    Never mind that the kid got into the school and did shoot a student....

    Quoting candlegal:

    The problem is that this situation didn't fit into what normally happens.   This proves it can be stopped when somone has a gun on hand.   That isn't what the left wants he hear.   There is no gun control or disarming the good guys when this type of thing happens.

    Had the officer not been there and more people would have been shot, it would just be another case for  gun control.

    Quoting PhoenixMomof3:

    They didn't say he was an armed guard, they said he was an off duty officer who was armed. In fact, there was no comment about the school having a guard at all.



    And the boy who was shot left the scene breathing and conscious... a happy ending, all things considered.



    Would you prefer that every school just be a free for all? They also stated that there was a security system in place and it failed. The kid got past it. Thank goodness on this day there happened to be an armed individual verses a bunch of parents with their fingers crossed that everything just turns out well!



    Beyond that one response, I am not discussing this. Bash away! :) I came for the story and I have it now. I have no desire to argue with people whom I don't know and never will! Later! :)


  • LilyofPhilly
    February 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM
    Sounds like we need to fix the schools, not arm them.

    Quoting PhoenixMomof3:

    Eh. You are going to have to debate this with people who care to. You refuse to acknowledge the reality that there are real, life threatening dangers challenging our schools today... and without that base to discussion... we are both just wasting time.



    Later.




    Quoting LilyofPhilly:

    How is it a happy ending? A kid was shot. He should have never gotten that far. Sounds like having an armed guard is creating a false sense of security.





    Quoting PhoenixMomof3:

    Why is it so impossible on this site to just read the facts of the story without everything becoming a big ordeal? God forbid there be a happy ending, huh!? We better bash it!

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