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

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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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by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM
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Governmnt buidings, some private schools, sporting events ... all protected by armed guards. But apparently kids are not as Important, Right.

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











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NutHouseMomma
by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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One thing I just love about reading stuff on this board is how certain people love to claim so much knowledge about the mentally ill. ha! Where is it written that psycopaths don't surrender? Is it right next to the part where they have no remorse? Ahahahaha....my morning funnies for sure.

I think if anything we have seen several instances in this country where having an armed person has stopped an assailant from causing more catastrophe than what could have presented itself.

Some people can find the negative in anything...especially if they have motives behind it.
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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM
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 Glad the weapon was taken from him and no one else was hurt!!

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

You got it

Quoting NutHouseMomma:

One thing I just love about reading stuff on this board is how certain people love to claim so much knowledge about the mentally ill. ha! Where is it written that psycopaths don't surrender? Is it right next to the part where they have no remorse? Ahahahaha....my morning funnies for sure.

I think if anything we have seen several instances in this country where having an armed person has stopped an assailant from causing more catastrophe than what could have presented itself.

Some people can find the negative in anything...especially if they have motives behind it.


jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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Is there detail I'm missing here? Did getting the gun away from the student actually involve the guard using HIS gun?
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PamR
by Pam on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM
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How did a child get a gun to take to school?  Whoever owns that weapon should be charged.  Doesn't sound like a responsible gun owner to me.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:47 AM

 

this.

Quoting PamR:

How did a child get a gun to take to school?  Whoever owns that weapon should be charged.  Doesn't sound like a responsible gun owner to me.


 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Feb. 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Looks like the metal detectors failed... 

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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Did the off-duty resource officer brandish his weapon? Did he have to use it? Why was he on campus? Where was the on-duty resource officer? Why were the metal detectors ineffective?

We don't know many necessary details to know if being armed was or was not helpful.


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







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candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Really, cause I think this says it all and prevented anyone else from getting shot.



Quote:

an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said

Quoting Bookwormy:

Did the off-duty resource officer brandish his weapon? Did he have to use it? Why was he on campus? Where was the on-duty resource officer? Why were the metal detectors ineffective?

We don't know many necessary details to know if being armed was or was not helpful.


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








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