Student Suspected in Atlanta School Shooting

1:48 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta School Superintendent Erroll Davis spoke to students at Price Middle School Friday morning to calm their fears after a fellow student was shot on campus.

A 14-year-old boy was shot in a school courtyard Thursday afternoon. 

PHOTOS | Shooting at Price Middle School

Members of the teen's family identified the victim as 8th grader Telvis Douglas, a starting football player for the school.

Atlanta Public Schools public information officer Steve Alford said the teen was grazed behind the neck. He was released from a hospital Thursday night.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said the suspect fired multiple shots, but that only Douglas was wounded.

A teacher suffered minor cuts and bruises in the confusion following the shooting.

Superintendent Davis said a school resource officer was on the scene and immediately took the suspect into custody.

While his name was not released, he was identified as a 14-year-old fellow student at Price Middle School. Investigators believe he may have argued with Douglas before the shooting.

Price Middle School, along with nearby Carver High School and Slater Elementary School were placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon.

Price students were taken to nearby Emmanuel Baptist Church for pickup around 5 p.m.

Parents told our Atlanta station WXIA that the school system should have done a better job notifying them about the shooting.

While some parents received automated phone calls about the shooting, many found out from watching television and calls from family and friends.

"Why not make it organized where the kids can get to their parents?" said Faye Robertson, the parent of a child at Price Middle. "We're concerned parents. Put the shoe on the other foot. Had it been your child, you'd make sure your child was O.K."

Davis said the school has metal detectors, and school system officials are looking into how the gun got on campus. However, at least one Price parent said the metal detectors aren't always in use.

An extra police officer was called in to patrol the campus on Friday. Fifteen crisis-team members were brought in as well.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he is very concerned about the shooting. He issued a statement:

"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 and move on 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."

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell released a statement:  

"I was disheartened to learn of the shooting at Price Middle School earlier today. I will continue to pray for the student and teacher victims of today's incident, both of whom are recovering. I commend the swift action of the Price Middle School staff, the leadership of the Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta Police Department to ensure the safety of all other students. Gun violence connected with our young people has, yet again, taken an unfortunate toll on our community and our sense of safety. We are past the tipping point for action."

Price Middle School is located near the Lakewood Heights neighborhood south of downtown Atlanta. The neighborhood 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.


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