Georgia Tech students rally around their campus and their police force

Georgia Tech students are organizing a show of support Tuesday morning for their school and their police officers.

Georgia Tech students are showing support Tuesday for their school and their police officers.

Upset with the damage to their campus and its reputation after a vigil for a student killed by campus police turned violent late Monday, students have organized a show of support for their campus police, school and the friends of the student. And they want to clear up some facts.

Students on social media blame Monday’s vigil violence on outsiders who attended, although at least one of the three people arrested is a Tech student.

Georgia Tech reports two of its officers suffered minor injuries in the melee involving fireworks and anti-police chants. One officer was transported to Grady Hospital. A police car was set on fire, reportedly by a flare tossed by a protester.

The vigil began as a peaceful remembrance of fourth-year computer engineering student Scout Schultz of Gwinnett County, who was shot and killed by an officer.

Campus police found Schultz after responding to a call about an armed man on campus. That call turned out to have been made by Scout, investigators say.

According to the GBI: Schultz called 911 alerting them “of a suspicious person on campus.” In the call, Schultz describes the person as a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip.

Once confronted by police in a parking lot on Tech’s west campus, Scout urged them to shoot and ignored their pleas to drop what police thought might be a knife. It turned out to be a utility tool, but the knife blade was not out. The student also left three suicide notes, according to the GBI, which is being cited as evidence that Scout’s ultimate goal was to goad police into firing.

However, in a press conference earlier Monday, Scout’s parents questioned the use of lethal force to deal with a student having a mental breakdown and carrying what turned out to be only a utility tool.

“Why did you have to shoot?” Bill Schultz asked at a news conference. “That’s the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son?”

In the aftermath of last night’s violent vigil in which protesters attacked Tech officers, students today are showing their support of the police department. (Photo by Duo-Wei Yang)

On a GaTech student Facebook page and the Georgia Tech thread on Reddit, students are discussing what they can do.

A cleanup of the vigil area was initially planned, but it turned out the university had that under control. So, students then planned to set up tables across campus where campus members can write letters and posters to show support for the Georgia Tech Police Department and Scout’s family and friends.

Among the comments on social media are these:

  • The protesters on campus right now are primarily NOT Tech students. I was there at the vigil and 20-30 outsiders with signs and drums showed up and started the riot. As they marched to the police station they set off fireworks. This was planned from the outside. Scout’s friends were advocating for changes to mental health policy on campus when the protesters showed up and started chanting about violence against police. Please let people & the media know that this is not us. This is not our community. We are still grieving.
  • While it may be difficult to delineate ourselves from the violent protesters, we can do an effective job of coming together as a community of students after a horrific event like this to show that we are united and have nothing but the utmost respect for our campus and brave police officers!
  • It sounds like there’s some real jerks making a mess. I’ll be out by 8:30am helping to clean up what I can. I hope everyone who disagrees that violence was appropriate tonight will join me.
  • Thinking of getting some donuts or something for the Georgia Tech Police Department.
  • Anyone want to wear blue tomorrow in honor of the Georgia Tech Police Department and their actions to keep us safe tonight?
  • I will be wearing GT apparel tomorrow in support of the school that I love so dearly, and I encourage you all to do the same. Outsiders who wish to threaten the safety of our students, our faculty, and our police officers have no place in our community.
  • By not believing for a second that the protests are Tech. We are Tech.

A GoFundMe page created by the Georgia Tech Marksmanship Club has already raised nearly $5,000 in 12 hours of the $10,000 goal to aid the Georgia Tech Police Department.

But some people are not supportive of the fundraising effort, as shown by comments such as these: “Nice bootlicking, son. You know the cops killed someone having a mental health crisis, right? You wanna buy them some new guns too?”

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58 comments
Nick Clifton
Nick Clifton

White people rioting and destroying property, say it ain't so.

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tekie
tekie

Highly regrettable incident, big loss for school and family but so damned proud that the real students are trying to do the right thing by the family, the GTPD, the student body and their beloved school. We all know most of these types of riots are instigated by outsiders.....go Techsters, do the right thing.

Mary Ann Dolan
Mary Ann Dolan

Thank you for sharing the positive messages coming directly from GA Tech students, not outsiders.

Tommy Budd
Tommy Budd

For the learning impaired Cop haters on this page... figure it out. "Schultz called 911 alerting them “of a suspicious person on campus.” In the call, Schultz describes the person as a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip." POSSIBLY A GUN ON HIS HIP

Tommy Budd
Tommy Budd

A link to what I copied out of the article.

Tommy Budd
Tommy Budd

Take to the street tonight and Protest the idiots who are giving the school a black eye. We'll wait.... "So, students then planned to set up tables across campus where campus members can write letters and posters to show support for the Georgia Tech Police Department and Scout’s family and friends." Why not a big protest about this? Powerful statement if you do...

Lindsay Koch
Lindsay Koch

HA. No, it's hell week. Actual students have better things to do.

Chay Man
Chay Man

Antifa is a terriost organization

Mark Rollins
Mark Rollins

So are the proud boys you racist dirtbag

Pat Allen Bills
Pat Allen Bills

If 2/3 of the arrests were outsiders, then it seems that outsiders were deeply involved in this riot. Please do not make it worse than it is for tech students. There were 50 people maybe involved in the riot out of thousands of students not involved.

Frederick Wigley
Frederick Wigley

...paid protesters, volunteering in the off-season, giving back to the community.

MicheleInGA
MicheleInGA

The kid wanted to commit suicide based on the facts in the AJC articles. Apparently these kids like to protest before they even have any facts.

Astropig
Astropig

@MicheleInGA


It would appear that this student really wanted to kill himself.Whatever tortured his soul was more than he could bear.He would have succeeded eventually because it seems that he was determined to see the act of suicide to its conclusion.I hope he finds some form of peace in whatever lies beyond.But...


The officer that shot him didn't want to shoot him.It was dark and the 911 report stated that he had a gun.He was unresponsive to legal,reasonable police commands.If for no other reason,some form of force had to be used to protect the campus community at large.But even if non lethal means had been available and employed,we'd probably be back to him committing some other dangerous act at some future date.Perhaps he would have put other students lives in danger at some point.I know that this is rather speculative,but this case is just so tragic that we must consider every possibility to (maybe) prevent a repeat in the future.

Babycat
Babycat

Were those that were arrested students?  My guess is no.

Astropig
Astropig

@Babycat

There is an article on the front page that states that three were arrested buts says that it was "not immediately clear" if they were students.I'd say that your guess is correct.This was probably more Soros funded violence.


Astropig
Astropig

@Babycat


Follow up:


It seems that Vincent Castellenti is a professional bomb thrower.He turns up at a lot of tinderbox situations to incite violence and then skedaddle.He's facing charges. He'd better hope that I'm not on his jury in any trial.


The other two have such common surnames that it would be premature to say if they are anarchists-for-hire.Odds are that they are.

JKToole
JKToole

@Astropig @Babycat Outside agitators? Absolutely. Lock 'em up? Without a doubt. Attacking other cops for the ineptitude of one, despicable. Soros funded. Sigh.

Astropig
Astropig

@MaureenDowney @Astropig @Babycat


Then I would call for Tech to immediately,permanently expel that student if convicted in court of these charges.


Until then,in the interests of safety for police and fellow students,that student should be suspended from classes and banned from campus.

TinaTrent
TinaTrent

@Astropig @MaureenDowney @Babycat I agree, Astropig.  Campus administrators allowing violent riots, assaults on speakers, censorship, and anti-social behavior in the name of "social justice" have destroyed higher education in America.


If this is indeed a case of "suicide by cop," consider the emotional consequences for the police involved.  


To assault them violently is repugnant, full stop.  Protests against police with no evidence in yet is repugnant, full stop.  I would hope the AJC recognizes this.   

Astropig
Astropig

@TinaTrent @Astropig @MaureenDowney @Babycat


I just saw where they are all three going to be charged with felonies-Including aggravated assault on a police officer for Castellenti and Jacob Wilson.Because it was in performance of those officers official duties,the sentence is a minimum five years.The judge can give them twenty.

class80olddog
class80olddog

If Georgia Tech students are so smart, why don't they invent the perfect police put-down device - a non-lethal police response that immediately incapacitates the largest threatening person, even if they are on PCP.  One that works even if the person is wearing heavy clothing.  One that can be deployed from 50 feet (accurately) and is not a risk to bystanders.  It's easy - just invent one and let the royalties roll in.

1Fred
1Fred

If everyone was the same and had the exact same physiological response to external stimulus, then you *might* be able to do this.  Have you ever seen the videos of someone hit with a stun gun that never slows down?  Or people that have been shot and still keep coming?  Or the people that receive a normally non lethal dose/stun/whatever and drop dead immediately?  Far too many variables to be effective with that.

JKToole
JKToole

@1Fred Watch the video. An 18" baton (wielded by one or two of the 6 officers on the scene) would have ended the situation.

class80olddog
class80olddog

@JKToole @1Fred  You must have access to a different video than the rest of us. You have been spouting BS for two days.

JKToole
JKToole

@class80olddog @JKToole @1Fred Really?Youtube is your friend. There were three videos at one time. One showed 5-6 cops surrounding him (one a few steps behind) Barefoot. Walking slowly. Arms completely by his side.

What's BS?


BaronDeKalb
BaronDeKalb

@class80olddog It's already invented: it's called a Taser. Question is: why was GT too cheap to issue them to their cops? Do the world's greatest campus police in Athens know about them? -- doubt it. 

JKToole
JKToole

@BaronDeKalb Well, you'd be wrong. They carry batons in Athens too.

Remember last year a cop getting a little overreactive (on film) with his baton on a drunken frat boy?

Why introduce some sports rivalry to the conversation?

1Fred
1Fred

@JKToole @1Fred See that's the problem.  The reports say 4 officers and you claim 6.  Things aren't always as they seem on the surface.  Too many stories of roid rage and how people don't go down.  You get close enough for a baton and you are inside the range of the knife.  At night, they couldn't tell if the knife was open and were going on the reports Scout called in about man with a knife and gun.  Safety of the officer says you always attempt to use a higher level of force.  That means if unarmed, a baton or pepper spray since they weren't issued tasers.  If knife, use a gun.  It's night with varied lighting, a report of a knife and possible gun.


It is a tragedy the young man lost his life.  It is becoming more clear he wanted to commit suicide by cop.  I feel for his parents and I feel for the officers involved.  Safety of the campus and its occupants has to take priority.  It is so so easy to sit back after the fact and make claims about what should have happened.

1Fred
1Fred

@JKToole @BaronDeKalb According to the AJC, you would be wrong.  UGA police do not carry tasers.  They are running a pilot and a few officers have them and they hope to issue them department wide soon.

JKToole
JKToole

@1Fred @JKToole @BaronDeKalb From a 2015 article:

"In the five or so years that University of Georgia police have had Tasers, officers have drawn them many times, but have never once used them, according to UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson. Just the sight of an officer unholstering a Taser gun can cause even the most belligerent person to comply with an officer’s orders, he said."

https://tinyurl.com/ybj29f3k


class80olddog
class80olddog

If a burglar breaks into your house and threatens you and your family, who ya' gonna call?  Antifa?  or the police?  When a gunman sticks a gun in your face and carjacks your car, who ya' gonna call?  We keep attacking the very people we ask to protect us.  And in 99.999% of the time, they DO protect us.  Yes, there are the rare outliers, but MOST of the recent events that create riots are reasonable police response, as the courts have adjudged. 

Atlanta Doc
Atlanta Doc

@class80olddog  You made sense with response about a non-lethal device, but you lost me on courts and reasonable response. An officer getting off for shooting a man in the back as he ran away (with no weapon) is not a good response. A cop getting off for shooting a woman in her car eight times and getting a thrill as "her head exploded" is not reasonable. Cops getting off for shooting unarmed people not justified. Protests when this happens are the proper response because the courts won't control it. 

JKToole
JKToole

@class80olddog @Atlanta Doc The guy shot 5 times in the back while fleeing is the shooting in N. Charleston.

"The officers, who fired eight bullets into the windshield of Small’s vehicle, were caught on dash-cam video that raised significant doubts about the need to pull the trigger in a police shooting that a GBI supervisor called the worst he’d ever investigated."

https://tinyurl.com/y7twxedg


Astropig
Astropig

As a GT parent-I stand with the GT Police. 

Astropig
Astropig

@class80olddog @Astropig


I'd encourage Coach Johnson to break out the Navy Blues for their game with Pitt this week-To show support for the GT Cops.

class80olddog
class80olddog

The parents are in part responsible for this violence by not admitting that their son was the perpetrator of the violence against him.  He was the sole cause of the incident that caused his death.  That was his plan and goal.  The sooner the family recognizes this, admits it, and drops their ridiculous lawsuit against Tech, the better.