Authorities arrested 3 people after vigil for Georgia Tech student

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

Officers from Georgia Tech's campus police encountered Schultz, a computer engineering student, in a parking lot outside a dormitory, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

"When I'm not running Pride or doing classwork I mostly play D & D and try to be politically active", Schultz wrote.

Georgia Tech police do not carry stun guns but are equipped with pepper spray, a spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The student's parents say they don't understand why lethal force had to be used.

One witness, Kris Harris, said that "it wasn't Georgia Tech porters it was people outside of Georgia Tech". Those arrested were charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, Tech said, although it did not say whether the three were students.

Cell phone video shows the officer repeatedly yelling at Schultz to put the knife down and not move.

In a self-prepared biographical statement still posted on the website of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, for which Schultz served as president for the past two years, Schultz stated, "I'm bisexual, nonbinary, and intersex" and prefers to be referred to by the pronouns "they/them".

After that, Scout Schultz went through counseling, William Schultz said.


According to parents Bill and Lynne Schultz, Scout had been seeing a counselor regarding depression and previous suicide attempts and seemed to be making progress.

"Come on, man, let's drop the knife", an officer, gun drawn, tells the student.

Schultz was ultimately shot by police after advancing on officers and not heeding orders to drop the knife. The statement did not say whether the knife was displayed but said no firearms were recovered.

"W$3 e ask that those who wish to protest Scout's death do so peacefully".

Police reform groups have long emphasized the need for officers to undergo specialized crisis intervention training to learn best practices for interacting with people who are in the midst of a mental health crisis, but many police departments do not require such training.

Those answers - and the department's emergency preparations - are drawing new attention following the weekend shooting death of student Scout Schultz.

Stewart said on Monday that the GBI confirmed to him that Schultz was holding a multipurpose tool and that the knife blade was not out.


"What are we doing here?" the officer asks.

"What's going on, man?" one of the officers asked. "They constantly take steps to ensure that we're safe, reach out to us, and make concrete efforts to get to know students on a personal level".

Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation into the shooting, which appears to follow the state's proper use of force guidelines.

Schultz never had a gun, police and the family agree.

An officer then shot him and he later died at Grady Memorial Hospital.

The later demonstration began with a "core group" of about a dozen people chanting "This is not OK" and unfurling a banner that read "Protect LGBTQ", according to Xincheng Shen, a doctoral student at Tech who attended the earlier vigil. "Now, we have to seek justice for Scout".


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