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