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School officer shoots allegedly armed mother trying to ‘defend’ her daughter

An angry parent who says she was ready to defend her daughter has been shot dead by a school police officer after she showed up on campus with a gun, police said.

Police were called to Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia following a physical altercation between an unknown number of students. The parent of one of the students brandished a handgun outside the school, waving it in the direction of students and staff, police said.

Family members said the mother went to school to defend her daughter, according to WSBTV.

“A parent came to campus with a gun and began waving it at students, employees and an Atlanta Public Schools Police officer. The officer ordered the parent to drop the gun. When the parent failed to comply with the order, the officer fired a shot that struck the parent in the hand,” the district said in a statement.

An angry parent in Atlanta, Georgia who was trying to defend his daughter was shot dead by a school police officer after she showed up on campus with a gun, authorities said.
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Paramedics were called to the scene to treat the mother’s injury. No one else was injured, a school district spokesperson said. The parent faces multiple criminal charges, officials said.

No further details of the incident have been released, including the identity of the parent. The school cooperates with the local police.

“APS Police and Atlanta Police are conducting a full investigation into the incident, and the relative faces multiple charges. As this was an officer-involved shooting, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is also investigating. safety and well-being of our students and employees is always a top priority for all Atlanta Public Schools,” the district said.

Last year, there were at least 202 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, killing 49 and injuring 126 nationwide, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control.

This year, there have been approximately 27 shooting incidents on school grounds, leaving four dead and 18 injured.

Everytown for Gun Safety, which has tracked school gun violence since 2013, says gunfire on school grounds most often occurs at schools with mostly students of color.

“The burden of gun violence has a particularly disproportionate impact on black students. Although black students make up approximately 15% of the total K-12 school population in America, they make up 25% of kindergarten students to 12th grade shooting victims (those who were killed or injured on school grounds where the race of the victim was known),” the association said in an analysis.

Newsweek contacted Atlanta Public Schools for comment.


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