Scout Schultz

Three arrests, a police car on fire and a request for campus unification are just a few of the responses to the tragic and fatal shooting of Georgia Institute of Technology student Scout Schultz.

On Saturday night, Sept. 16, the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance president was shot and killed by Georgia Tech police after officers responded to a call regarding a “suspicious” and “possibly intoxicated” person in possession of a knife and gun, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation statement.

When police arrived on scene, they believed Schultz to have a knife on their person, and one officer fired at Schutz when they reportedly stepped towards officers.

A multi-purpose tool containing a knife was recovered from the scene, and three suicide notes were found in Schultz’s room, according to the GBI statement. The GBI report said Schultz made the initial call to the police.

Schultz, a 21-year-old computer engineering student, left an impact on the GA Tech community.

In a Facebook post, the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance said Schultz had been a driving force in the Alliance for the last two years, and helped create change across campus and 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,” the post said.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Scout’s family, friends and colleagues as we mourn Scout’s life and the unrealized potential of what could have been,” said Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson in a message to campus on Sept. 17.

Schultz’s passing has additionally generated a greater focus on building acceptance and mental health awareness in the Georgia Tech community, according to Georgia Tech junior and industrial systems engineering major Rachel Stacks.

“There are ways to move in the right direction to prevent tragedies like these,” Stacks said.

Stacks also noted, alongside a need in strides for understanding, is an absence of violence.

On the night of Sept. 18, during a vigil for Schultz on Georgia Tech’s campus, three arrests were made due to protesters who set a car on fire and injured two police officers.

“There’s a lot of people empathizing with both sides, and a majority is aiming for campus to be a whole again,” Stacks said.

Fourth year GA Tech psychology major Natalie Leonard said she feels the incident has made the school further divided.

“Georgia Tech’s community lost a human life, yet the same community seems solely concerned with expressing solidarity for the department that took it,” Leonard said.

Additionally, students beyond Georgia Tech have felt the impact of Schultz’s loss.

“It is unfortunate that a young person who had dealt with mental health issues was killed in a such a tragic way considering the positive impact they were making on the community,” University of Georgia junior and environmental economics and management major Jaiko Celka said.

The UGA Lambda Alliance is currently collecting e-letters written by students until Monday, Sept. 25 to show support for GA Tech.

“Though we do not know them personally, this loss has effected the entire LGBTQA+ and allied community across the nation,” the Lambda Alliance director board said in a statement to The Red & Black.

The organization members encouraged students to seek support in one another.

Correction: A previous version of this article included a quote from Epifanio Rodriguez, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department public information officer, not regarding these events. The Red & Black has since removed any reference to the ACCPD and regrets this error.

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