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Armed Guard Stops Middle School Shooting, Prevents Deaths
BERT ATKINSON JR. FEBRUARY 1, 2013 12:53 PM
So maybe armed guards aren't necessarily a bad thing at schools as many liberals have been arguing. Check out what happened yesterday afternoon in an Atlanta middle school shooting:
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.
Investigators believe that the shooting was not a random incident. The boy who was shot was apparently "alert, conscious and breathing" on the way to Grady Memorial Hospital according to the report. The Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said, "The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector? 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.
Charges against the shooter (unnamed) were pending at the time of the report. We will have more updates later as they come in.