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Rioters burn police SUV to protest Georgia Tech student’s shooting

by Leigh Jones
Posted 9/19/17, 12:59 pm

A small but violent protest rocked the Georgia Tech campus in midtown Atlanta Monday night when about 50 angry demonstrators marched to the campus police station and burned a patrol vehicle. Police arrested three people and charged them with inciting a riot and battery of an officer. The clashes started after a peaceful vigil held for a student shot by campus police over the weekend. Officers responded Saturday to a 911 call about a man with a knife and possibly a gun outside a dorm. Scott “Scout” Schultz, 21, refused to drop what appeared to be a knife when officers confronted him. One officer eventually shot him. Investigators later confirmed Schultz held a multipurpose tool with a knife blade that was not extended. They also revealed Schultz made the call to 911, giving dispatchers a detailed description of himself. Investigators found three suicide notes in his dorm room. His parents said Schultz suffered from depression and had tried to commit suicide two years ago, but they claimed he did not appear troubled when they dropped him off several weeks ago for his last year of school. Schultz was a computer engineering student and served as president of Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance. He considered himself neither male nor female and preferred the plural pronouns “they” and “their” over the singular “him” or “his.” The attorney representing William and Lynne Schultz said they plan to sue the university.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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    Minivan Man
    Posted: Tue, 09/19/2017 02:06 pm

    Thanks for reporting the facts.  Other news outlets are conveniently ignoring his call to police and suicide notes.  Those are key pieces of information.


  • RC
    Posted: Tue, 09/19/2017 05:02 pm

    It appears Mr. Schultz was unable to kill himself, based on his prior and current failure to do so.

    So he ended up crafting a well-orchestrated plan to get the campus police to do it for him.

    The parents dropped him off at school and he “appeared” to be O.K.

    His confusion about his gender was not a warning sign to the parents that he was still mentally unstable?

    What about the poor officer that felt compelled to shoot the poor confused kid. Perhaps the officer should sue the parents for their total failure to have gotten proper care for their son instead of dumping him off at the university so they did not have to deal with him.

  • Janet S
    Posted: Wed, 09/20/2017 10:34 am

    I feel for these parents in the loss of their adult child, but what is there to sue the university over?  The fact that they responded to insure the safety of all the other students on campus?