Something Has Got To Give: 14-Year-Old Atlanta Middle School Student Shot In The Head

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February 1, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers

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Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Chardon High School, not to mention the Hadiya Pendleton tragedy.  It feels as if everywhere we turn, another story involving our youth being the victims of gun violence is making headlines. The latest act of violence took place at the Luther J. Price Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, reports CNN.

A 14-year-old male middle school student was shot in the head by one of his fellow classmates. The victim’s mother revealed to WSB-TV that her son actually knows his attacker and that he was “talking smack” to her son between classes before opening fire. After the shooting occurred, an off-duty Atlanta police officer who happened to be standing in as a school resource officer, retained and disarmed the assailant until authorities arrived on the scene.

Once Atlanta Police arrived, the school was locked down while a team scoured the building for potential threats, as well as to ensure that all student, faculty, and staff members were accounted for. The school, which has a about 400 students, actually has metal detectors. Police are still investigating how the assailant was able to smuggle a gun into the school without being noticed.

Thankfully, the gunshot wound was not fatal and the victim is expected to make a full recovery. He was even reported to have been ready to be released from the hospital at 5 pm yesterday evening.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed released the following statement regarding the shooting:

“Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end. Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief. I pray that the student who was shot today at Price Middle School in southwest Atlanta recovers quickly and can return home to family and friends. A suspect has been taken into custody. I would also like the students, faculty and families of the Price Middle School community to know that they have the full support of the City of Atlanta as they heal from today’s terrible incident. The city’s Employee Assistance Program counselors are already at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members.”

News footage on the shooting can be found on the following page.

Photos courtesy of WSBTV

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  • Babydoll 70

    There’s always a piece of scum who doesn’t mind contributing to the delinquency of a minor either by offering them drugs and/or guns.

  • Meyaka

    Thank God that baby did not lose his life to this sh!t…. I’m tired of this… Who is supplying guns to these kids?!

    • bluekissess

      That’s a question I would love to know

    • lateshia

      I agree. School shootings are starting to get old to me. I hate that this had to happen down in my state I keep praying. I worry about my little neice and nephew when they go to day care they stay in Camilla, GA.

    • Kenedy

      Most of the times its their family members that own these weapons….and now begs the question….why do people need to own these weapons? The NRA feels that it is your God given right to own a weapon

  • bluekissess

    This is a copycat society in which we live in. It’s sad that children can’t feel safe at school and parents are often worrying about their child. I think a lot of adults have become naive saying it can’t happen to them. Is there any conversation at school or in the homes about this? Newton= Obama was there, Super Storm Sandy= Obama was there Chicago= Obama is M.I.A Atlanta= Probably won’t show up. This isn’t what I voted for.

    • nick

      Maybe you should have voted for Romney if you think he would have done a better job. I think you’re confused. As tragic as this is President Obama can’t show up to every homicide scene, grocery store robbery, and child abuse incident in the USA! There’s simply too much crime and not enough man to go around, unfortunately there must be some prioritization. So I don’t understand why you’re firing shotz at Obama on this one. Since Sandy Hook he has made an effort to speak out on gun control laws. Its not like he’s been in hiding.
      People simply need to be responsible for their own actions, AND those of their children! No president, past or future, can do that for us. You betta recognize!!!!

      • bluekissess

        No I shouldn’t have voted for Romney. Since when is it horrible to disagree with someone and adore them at the same time? Since he can’t make it to EVERY TRAGEDY then maybe he shouldn’t show up at all. Am I putting all the blame on him? No. If I.did please point that out to me. No matter what city or state it’s a parent in mourning. People are ridiculous I can’t disagree? That boggles me.

        • deedee

          Obama has nothing to do with this sitauation many of these kids have guns in their own home. Thats not Obamas fault its the parents fault.

          • bluekissess

            I’ve never said it was his fault. Where in my comment did I make that accusation?

        • nick

          There are parents mourning everyday, everywhere! Everyone is someones child. In your perfect world we all have time to stop and recognize and mourn every life lost. But in Reality USA it doesn’t work out that way. All life is precious, but life wouldn’t continue on if everyone was in a constant state of grief. And you can definately be displeased with Obama and the job he is doing. But to point out your displeasure in this incident is a waste of time. Since when does it make sense to say he shouldn’t show up to ANYTHING if he can’t show up to EVERYTHING? which world do you live in where everyone has time for everything and everybody? Do you? Cuz you’d certainly be the first..

          • bluekissess

            The world I would like to live in is a peaceful one. That question left field completel. Maybe you should gather your thoughts completely before making several comments

          • Babydoll 70

            Unfortunately some people don’t have the luxury to be able to leave their grief at the door especially when you’re grieving the loss of a child. As voters we have the right to voice our displeasure of ANY elected official. That is our right.

        • nick

          Your mind should be boggled…you don’t make no gotdamn sense lol

          • bluekissess

            Opinions don’t have to make sense. So, now can you answer my question. Where does it say I can’t disagree with someone I respect and admire? I love Obama and his administrationBUT I can also disagree with some of his policies. It’s obvious you take ride. Or die way to serious. The reason as to why I didn’t vote for Romney is because I didn’t agree with his policies and he didn’t have a clue what he’s talking about.

          • MLS2698

            Don’t be mean. This person may suffering from a recent breakup…….can’t get right.

          • Babydoll 70

            You don’t make any…Double negatives are incorrect grammar.

        • nick

          And you are taking away from what’s important in the situation..which is the children, and why they have access to weapons. And why they resort to these violent actions when somwthing is wrong.

          • bluekissess

            I’m not taking from anything. I don’t see your response about the children. You’ve decided to comment on my opinion. If my opinion was of irrelevance you could’ve easily skipped it. Before all of these shootings. I’ve always known it was a problem. And I’m sure as a parent they feel hopeless in a way. Their child is out of their sights for at least seven hours. I’ve always urged parents to communicate with the teachers, talk to their children about their day at school etcetera. I would never be so selfish to take anything away from these children or the parents of the children.

        • Ms_Sunshine9898

          It’s not about the fact of you disagreeing more than it is your disagreement comes from a place of ignorance versus actual reasoning. . .

          • bluekissess

            So, what’s the actual reasoning
            Taking emotions out of the equation why is it that Obama shows up to certain tragedies? If he can’t attend ALL then he shouldn’t show up at all. All of these tragedies correlate to what he’s fighting for. So it had nothing to do with ignorance it’s about analytical questions. Am I not allowed to propose a question? Am I not allowed to disagree with someone I respect and admire? Answer those questions

            • Ms_Sunshine9898

              Sandy Hook > mass tragedy, this situation > sad and tragic, but this is one individual who didn’t even die. All of those scenarios that you listed, collectively a huge number of people died in isolated incidents. Chicago has been having gang and gun issues for decades. That is a city problem not a federal problem. Why would the president single out multiple isolated and individual incidents in a city known for constant gun violence? Why would the leader of a nation hold a press conference and say, “I’m gonna talk about how the gang and gun violence in Chicago, IL has gotten out of control. As the president of entire nation of states and cities, I need to address this ongoing issue that should’ve been taking up by the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.” It’s their city, they need to fix it! Same thing with Detroit. It’s your city, you need to fix your debt! Why would you turn to the president of a nation to fix an isolated situation in a city in a state? Why does Obama need to take out of his busy day running a nation to address one kid was shot in the head? And then do it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that? All of these incidents are tragic, but what made Sandy Hook more tragic was the way it occurred, and how many lives were lost as a result in one setting, at one time. If Obama didn’t address Sandy Hook, imagine how ugly people would have acted. “Since he can’t make it to EVERY TRAGEDY then maybe he shouldn’t show up at all.” That’s where people find fault with your comment. . .

              • bluekissess

                Agree to disagree. Thank you have a nice day

            • Babydoll 70

              Since you are a registered voter (I’m assuming this is true), you have a right to voice your displeasure all you want, regardless of who agrees or disagrees.

              • bluekissess

                Thank You. I.just play devils advocate that’s all. People mix emotions with everything. I still have respect for the president but I’m also allowed to question him.

        • Dichu eba realy lub mehSteebie

          This man is running the united states of America. He doesn’t have time to attend every funeral of a child whose attackers parents didn’t raise right or secure their weapons in their homes. He is doing the best he can trying to put an end to gun violence but we all see how that is working out.

      • bluekissess

        No I shouldn’t have voted for Romney. Since when is it horrible to disagree with someone and adore them at the same time? Since he can’t make it to EVERY TRAGEDY then maybe he shouldn’t show up at all. Am I putting all the blame on him? No. If I.did please point that out to me. No matter what city or state it’s a parent in mourning. People are ridiculous I can’t disagree? That boggles me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tina.s.terry.7 Tina SO Blessed Terry

        Well said!! Well said

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PC3VICMILDFDI2RKWVJQ5ACD24 jason

      With a little homework you would have found that no president ACCEPT for Obama has made mention to an individuals name in a homicide case. He spoke about trayvon martin. With a little more homework you will have found that ALL president who were in office made comment on mass shootings.

      • bluekissess

        Never denied that. What’s your point?

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/PC3VICMILDFDI2RKWVJQ5ACD24 jason

          What was your point in bringing up sandy, newton and chicago?

          • bluekissess

            Answering my question with a question. Hmm

            • nick

              Eeveryone here is throwed by your logic. But the next time someone is shot in America someone will call the WhiteHouse ASAP! ..that is all..

              • bluekissess

                Sounds like a plan to me

  • Ki

    Where are the parents?

    • bluekissess

      I think it’s family in general. I’m sure aunts and uncles have a special place for their guns. How did it get past medal detectors is the real question.

    • Babydoll 70

      Who knows. The other child may live in a home where he’s being raised by a grandparent or he may be in a foster home or his parents may have addictions (drug or alcohol) which make them unavailable to be the parents they need to be. Maybe more about his parent will come to light soon.

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