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BREAKING NEWS: Atlanta Middle School Shooting

Source: @11AliveNews

Date: 1/31/13 

BREAKING NEWS: Atlanta Middle School Shooting:

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Atlanta fire department tells @11AliveNews that 14-year-old was shot in the head; reports of teacher being shot not confirmed.

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Atlanta Georgia police say they have reports of 2 people shot at mi...@11AliveNews

Atlanta police confirm that shooting suspect is a student, but have not named which school the suspect attends - @11AliveNews


ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police said a 14-year-old student has been shot at Price Middle School, near the Lakewood Heights neighborhood south of downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Atlanta Fire Department, there was a 14-year-old shot in the head. Grady Memorial Hospital says they have received one under-aged gunshot victim. 

A second person was reported to have received cuts and bruises, but it is not known if that person was shot.

PHOTOS | Shooting at Price Middle School

Price Middle School has been placed on lockdown, and parents are being asked not to come to the school to avoid any additional confusion in the area.

According to 11Alive's Julie Wolfe on the scene, the assistant principal of Price Middle School came out to tell assembled parents that their children are okay.

Televised helicopter images show emergency vehicles at the school building on the south side of Atlanta.

The neighborhood where the school is located is in what was once the Carver Homes Housing Project. The projects were razed and replaced with homes and apartments. Price Middle School and Carver High School were both built in recent years in the same area.

414pm EST: Atlanta students being bussed to baptist church, where they will be released to parents - @11AliveNews

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Comment by Faculty Row Director on January 31, 2013 at 10:12pm


Source: www.theindychannel.com

Posted: 02/01/2013 
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FISHERS, Ind. - Two students and an adult have been arrested on felony gun charges after police said text messages were sent to classmates at Fishers High School offering a gun for sale.

Fishers Police said they made the discovery when a .22-caliber pistol fell out of a 16-year-old’s pants pockets as officers were breaking up a party at the teen’s home. Their investigation then revealed text messages where the boy had been trying to sell the gun to his classmates.

“I wish I didn’t buy the gun because it obviously got me in a lot of trouble,” the boy told the Call 6 Investigators at his family home.

He admitted that he sent messages to 10 classmates, sometimes during school hours and sometimes containing a picture of the firearm, as he tried to profit from the gun he had been carrying for months in response to bullying.

“I just didn’t feel safe. I mean, I almost always had it,” he said of the gun.

He said he was unable to sell the gun to his classmates because so many told him they already had their own guns.

“Some kids already had guns and some didn’t and they wanted one but they didn’t have the money for one,” he said.

“Other kids have guns to the roof, every kind of gun you can imagine, pretty much any kind of thing you want, they can get you,” he said.

The boy’s mother, who requested anonymity, said, “It scares me. It scares me to know that there’s guns in schools and it scares me to know that there’s not a lot we can do to stop it.

“The scariest part of him trying to get rid of the gun was that he wasn’t able to because the people he was contacting already had guns,” she said.

Police said the Jennings .22-caliber pistol had its serial number filed off, making it a crime for anyone of any age to possess.

The 16-year-old was charged with a felony count of possession of a handgun with altered identifying marks.

A 17-year-old classmate was charged with the same felony crime. Both were booked into the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center in Noblesville. The 16-year-old was released on home detention restrictions. 
Police said the 17-year-old originally bought the gun from an adult and then sold it to the younger teen.  

“At some point they each possessed it,” said Fishers Police Officer Tom Weger. “The adult suspect was the original owner of the firearm and he sold it to one of the juveniles and then at some point the second juvenile possessed it."

The adult, 26-year-old Christopher Lee South of Noblesville, was jailed on four charges, including three felony crimes of unlawfully selling and possessing a firearm with an altered serial number. 

South was also charged with possessing a gun despite a prior felony conviction.

Police said South worked with the older student at a local fast food restaurant, which police declined to identify.

“There is no information that led us to believe that this gun was ever on school property,” said Weger.

The Hamilton Southeastern School District issued a written statement:

“Under Indiana law, a student may be suspended or expelled from school for engaging in unlawful activity on or off school grounds if the unlawful activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function. Privacy laws restrict the information schools can disclose about discipline of specific students.  We can, however, advise the school community that the students involved are no longer attending HSE schools.”

The younger teen’s mother said she was bothered that kids who find themselves in trouble have no way of safely disposing of a firearm without consequences. 

She said the government offers amnesty to people who abandon babies at hospitals or turn in illegal drugs at drug collection events, yet teens who realize they shouldn’t possess guns have no way of digging their way out of trouble.

“Our son was trying to get rid of the gun. It wasn’t malicious. He wasn’t doing it to harm anybody but he found himself in a spot where he knew he shouldn’t be,” she said.

She also said she routinely searched her son’s room and tried to stay involved in his life.

“I never found it. I didn’t know he had a gun," she said. “They do things on their own, whether you want them to or not. It’s not always the parents."

When she was contacted by police during the party raid that led to the gun discovery, officers asked her to hand over her son’s cell phone. 

She and her husband declined to hand it over until they spoke to their attorney, so police returned with a search warrant that allowed them to confiscate the phone.

She said she read through the text messages offering the gun for sale to classmates, and she said there was never any mention of violence. 

“Nothing threatening on there at all,” she said. “He’s a good kid. He just got in over his head."

Her son told Call 6 Investigators he had previous drug abuse issues, but had

Comment by Faculty Row Director on January 31, 2013 at 8:47pm

(CNN) -- A 14-year-old student suffered a gunshot wound to the head Thursday outside a middle school in Atlanta, Georgia, police and school officials said.

The victim was conscious and alert at Grady Memorial Hospital, his mother told CNN affiliate WSB-TV. A fellow Price Middle School student was in custody, according to police and Atlanta Public Schools. No other students were harmed in the 1:50 p.m. shooting.

Prosecutor gunned down outside courthouse

An off-duty Atlanta police officer working as a school resource officer disarmed and apprehended the suspect immediately after the shooting, police Chief George Turner said.

Police detectives were interviewing the victim in the hospital, his mother told WSB-TV. He knows the assailant, who the mother said was "talking smack" to her son between classes before pulling out a gun and firing, the station said.

Sandra Armour, a cousin of the victim's mother, said at the hospital there was no gang connection. "(The victim) is a good kid," Armour said. She said she didn't know whether either the victim or the suspect had ever been bullied.

The victim is expected to be released this evening, school district Superintendent Erroll Davis said at a 5 p.m. news conference.

Comment by Faculty Row Director on January 31, 2013 at 8:43pm

School resource officer immediately disarmed student in shooting at Atlanta school, police say - @wsbtv

Comment by Faculty Row Director on January 31, 2013 at 4:59pm

In a statement, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the shooting “unconscionable” and said the city had already provided counselors to students at the school.

“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,” Kasim said.

“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.”

The shooting was the sixth on a school campus in recent weeks.

On Dec. 14, a gunman killed 20 students and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A month later, a student brought a shotgun into Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif., shooting a student and grazing his teacher. On Jan. 15, two people were shot dead in the parking lot at Hazard Community and Technical College in Eastern Kentucky. The same day, a part-time student at Stevens Institute of Business & Arts in St. Louis shot the school's financial aid director.

And earlier this month, three people were wounded after gunfire erupted during an argument at Lonestar State College in Houston.

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