Parents of a gender non-binary Georgia Tech student are furious at campus police for shooting their child, who came at them with a knife shouting “shoot me.”
L. Chris Stewart, the attorney for the family of Scout Schultz, 21, questioned why officers did not use non-lethal force on the president of the school’s Pride Alliance.
Stewart has a press conference planned for Monday where he intends to question if the officers had training to deal with mentally ill students, which is an interesting way to describe someone who identifies as gender non-binary.
The shooting occurred on Saturday, after Georgia Tech campus police received a report of a “person with a knife and a gun,” CBS 46 reported.
When police arrived they confronted Schultz, who was outside of a dorm holding a knife.
Police approached and pleaded with the student to drop the knife.
“Come on, man, drop the knife,” one officer said.
“Come on, let’s drop it,” another said.
Schultz continued to advance toward the officers shouting “Shoot me!”
“No, drop the knife,” one of the officers said.
“Nobody wants to hurt you,” another pleaded.
But Schultz did not listen. The student paused and then took three steps towards the officers, forcing them to open fire.
The Pride Alliance issued a statement following Schultz death in which the group used the student’s preferred pronouns of “they” and “their.”
“Dear Pride Alliance members,As you might have heard, last night we lost our President, Scout Schultz. We are all deeply saddened by what has occurred. They have been the driving force behind Pride Alliance for the past two years,” the group said. “They pushed us to do more events and a larger variety events, and we would not be the organization we are known as without their constant hard work and dedication. Their leadership allowed us to create change across campus and in the Atlanta community. Scout always reminded us to think critically about the intersection of identities and how a multitude of factors play into one’s experience on Tech’s campus and beyond.We love you Scout and we will continue to push for change.”
“We contacted a lawyer that specializes in police shootings and all we can say right now is that we will make a statement tomorrow (Monday),” Lynne Schultz, Scout’s mother, told CBS 46.
“I mean, we’re still gathering facts. We don’t really know what happened,” Scout’s father, Bill Schultz said.
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