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Two injured in Atlanta middle school shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — A 14-year-old boy was wounded outside a middle school Thursday afternoon and a fellow student was in custody as a suspect, authorities said. No other students were hurt.

Police swarmed Price Middle School just south of downtown Atlanta after reports of the shooting at 1:50 p.m., while a crowd of anxious parents gathered in the streets, awaiting word on their children. Students were being kept at the locked-down school some two hours after the shooting but television footage showed some of them being dismissed.

The wounded boy was taken “alert, conscious and breathing” to Grady Memorial Hospital, said Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos. Atlanta Public Schools said on their website that the suspect also was a student at Price.

Calls to the school district were not immediately returned.

Atlanta Fire Cpt. Marian McDaniel said the teen was shot in the back of the head and a teacher was treated at the scene for minor cuts.

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?”

Mayor Kasim Reed condemned gun violence in a statement shortly after the shooting and said counselors were already 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.

Comments

VSU 1 year, 7 months ago

Schools seem to be doing a terrible job protecting the school.

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fcarroll 1 year, 7 months ago

What are teachers suppose to do to protect the children in schools, after all a school is just a building where children are sent to obtain an education. When i went to school some 50 yrs ago the worst thing we had to worry about was whether we were going to get a paddling in front of the class when we miss behaved. So what has happened from 50 yrs ago until now? We took God out of the schools, parents are no longer diciplining their children due to the government teaching the kids that they could bring charges against the parents for spaninking them. So parents need to take their kids back under their wings and raise them in a manner that the kids not only respect them, but others also. Satan is taking over our country and we have to stop him through prayers.

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VSU 1 year, 7 months ago

Like what happened to their plan of keeping doors locked? How did the shooter get in the school with a gun? I thought the plan was to scan students coming in for guns and other weapons. so like I said, schools are doing a terrible job protecting the schools. If they are so concerned about guns and school shootings and mass shootings etc. Why are they still letting their guard down? I agree that the parents no longer control the kids, the kids control the parents.

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B4it 1 year, 7 months ago

For all of the shallow-minded thinkers, and writers, who continue to use the phrase "“Gun violence in and around our schools...", it just demonstrates a negative level of prejudiced thinking about guns. It also improperly puts a false emphasis on where the problem is really coming from.

Why is it so difficult to understand that it is not the gun jumping off of a shelf to commit senseless killings? It is a mentally impaired person with no respect for human life who uses a weapon (gun) to attack defenseless people, or children. It is not the NRA, it is not conservatives, it is not one race over another, and typically it is not coming from someone who is a believer in God almighty who gave life to each of us. We must demand a higher standard for accountability and a respect for human life.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 7 months ago

Couldn't agree more with your last sentence!

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