Sign at University of Georgia about Georgia Tech shooting upsets some students

A sign outside the Tate Student Center at UGA about the shooting death of Georgia Tech student Scout Schutz struck some students as offensive.

This sign displayed outside the Tate Student Center at the University of Georgia Wednesday shocked some students. I assume the sign writer was asking students whether the shooting of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz was justifiable in its reference to a “clean shoot.”

UGA senior Alli Carton told me: “Today this sign was on campus at UGA. Front and center in the student center’s outdoor space. I’m outraged by this, as are many students here.”

I reached out to UGA to understand the process under which students can post signage. Spokesman Gregory Trevor said, “The sign was located in the Tate Student Center Plaza, an open area of campus where expressive activity is permitted in accordance with the First Amendment. Although the language on this sign was insensitive and offensive to many members of the university community, it is protected expression. We do not know who posted the sign, but we do know that it was voluntarily removed. ”

Here is part of an email of concern Carton sent to UGA administrators. I think she says it all:

I am not sure which student organization had this on display, but no matter what group decided to ask this, it’s a horrible display of what we stand for here at UGA. It goes against everything this institution should stand for.

Nothing about this question is useful to student life here and makes the tragic incident about politics and personal beliefs rather than the education that needs to be in place in situations like this. Mental health is a serious issue, which needs to be addressed in trainings and teachings across the board.

But as a university, the first step we must take is to stand with those who suffer.

My own view of this sign: A promising student died. Parents lost a cherished child. A sister lost a beloved sibling. Georgia Tech student are still coming to grips with the shooting and the violence at the vigil Monday.

There are a lot of questions that need to be asked about this tragedy. This is not the way to do it.

 

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Rich Suplita
Rich Suplita

Were they upset nobody left a few bottles of bubbles and a therapy dog? \U0001f436

Angela Thomas
Angela Thomas

No pepper spray would have been a clean shot..

Rich Suplita
Rich Suplita

Yes, that was the intention. Should have been phrased more clearly.

Kris Heine
Kris Heine

It doesn't matter what the students think. An investigation will take place and we wait for the results.

Rich Suplita
Rich Suplita

It's an important discussion to have. Difficult, but important.

Sneha Bhakta
Sneha Bhakta

UGA is the worst. First time I ever encountered racism and ignorance on a large scale.

Allen Wheeler
Allen Wheeler

That is really in poor taste. A person is dead and another life is ruined. Come on people.

Bryan Sorohan
Bryan Sorohan

There are just a whole lot of parents out there who did a truly crappy job of raising their children, and unfortunately a number of those children get into college. I'm talking about the sociopath(s) who put up this sign, of course.

Rich Suplita
Rich Suplita

I sincerely doubt you know what sociopath means.

Aaron Trevor Sentell
Aaron Trevor Sentell

Tasteless and disrespectful. This does not represent the way the student body as a whole feels about what happened at Georgia Tech. Sorry for the family’s loss & the officer’s haunted conscience. I wouldn’t use this opportunity to act like having a student or two like this is unique to UGA... don’t forget about Georgia Tech’s famous fraternity letter about how to lure rape bait.

Rich Suplita
Rich Suplita

It's a poll, dude, not a statement of how "the student body as a whole feels about what happened at Georgia Tech". 


Seriously, people need to start paying more attention to context. There would be a lot less confusion in the world. 

Wayne Wells
Wayne Wells

I don't like or condone this, but it's what some college kids do! Forget it, no harm.

HotDawg
HotDawg

I enjoy having fun and making a controversial comment, sometimes, in the comments section of AJC articles. And its ok for others to blast out their comments.

Although, in light of this tragedy, and the effect it must be having on the Georgia Tech students family and the Campus police officer, I find the wording and timing of this sign tacky.and irresponsible.

It is not representative of the entire University, students, alumni, faculty, or University supporters.

It is perfectly credible to question whether this was a legitimate use of force upon any person, in that situation.

The wording, timing, and placement of the sign appeared to be more of a tacky and trollish act.

May the parents of the student and the officer eventually find peace from this tragedy.

And may all the outside agitators that went to GA Tech to create violence and havoc against police, in the day and night after the incident, go to hell. You are true scum.

Gunluvr
Gunluvr

Why not put the sign up? It's a valid question that has already been answered in the back of people's minds anyway. 

Roselynn
Roselynn

Thanks to campus carry, this could have been much worse.  And I am not saying this was good, but IMO I believe it was suicide by cop.

Starik
Starik

@Roselynn  I think so too - a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Did the cop have to help him out with his suicidal urges? 

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider

This is a wonderful platform to prove that gender identity (politics) has caused many to become mentally unstable and therefore ineligible for military service.  Many feel that those who feel that they are genders other than MALE OR FEMALE... should be able to enlist, yet statistics prove that they suffer a high degree of mental illness and are more prone to suicide. this instance only further proves the results.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

In K-12 teachers/administrators have to use de-escalation.  Why not police officers?

Starik
Starik

@Wascatlady  Too many cops are macho, 8th grade bully types. They can make bad situations worse. 

Astropig
Astropig

@Starik @Wascatlady


" Too many cops are macho, 8th grade bully types. They can make bad situations worse. "


I just got back from cleaning up the damage from Irma at my Florida home.Cops in my small town (through their networking abilities,being plugged in to the local community),helped find temporary shelter and food for people in a housing project that flooded.They even helped ferry pets to dry ground and checked on elderly people that live alone (Florida has a lot of those), while keeping in touch with their terrified out-of-state children.They coordinated with Duke Power and Florida Power & Light to send crews to sweltering dwellings to restore electricity (it's still hellishly hot down there) and closed off streets to facilitate speedy repairs-while wearing dark blue uniforms made of  polyester and body armor,along with 15-20 pounds of city issue kit.They stopped by to ask if everyone was okay while I was piling debris at the curb for the city to pick up,and they warned me that Florida was going to beat Georgia in a few weeks in Jacksonville.


I like my cops.They have a tough job.I stand behind them.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Snowflakes will be snowflakes. I believe the sign was meant to exonerate the campus police, which I hope will be the case. I'm sorry for Scout and his/her family, but I sincerely believe this is another example of a so called victim Intentionally creating the problem... and the real victim is the guy who fired the shot. Don't forget, this is EXACTLY what Scout wanted to happen....suicide by cop.

Starik
Starik

@Buzz-Off  Still, it was not necessary to kill him. If he was, as it seems, mentally ill in a crisis it was anything but intentional. 

redweather
redweather

Rather than keeping score, it would have made a lot more sense for someone to post information about where to go/whom to call on campus if, like Scout Schultz, students are experiencing a high level of stress and are not sure they know how to cope with that.

Eric Grant
Eric Grant

Maureen Downey, great article and post. I'm an UGA grad and I'm embarrased someone would post something so insensitive as this on campus.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Embarrassed but not surprised is how I feel.

CDW2000
CDW2000

The issue is not whether the sign was tasteless or offensive.

The issue is:  who freaking cares what you (anyone here, anyone on campus, anyone passing by) thinks about an event that NO one, other than the deceased and the police officers, has first hand knowledge of?  Oh - a bunch of UGA students think it was a clean shooting?  Let's alert the GBI.  I'm sure they will wrap up that investigation right away.

What value is there in asking anonymous people their opinion about an event they were not present for?  No one commenting, and no one making hash marks on a stupid marker board, knows anything other than what has been reported.  

Just because Twitter gives every twit with a phone a forum to voice an opinion, doesn't mean you actually have to share one. 

cmac22
cmac22

First amendment doesn't protect your thin skinned feelings!!!

Áine Colquhoun
Áine Colquhoun

@cmac22 just the right to share them, whenever and wherever they please. Right? Thank gods you exercised yours here, complaining about others using theirs. What a truly masterful use of this priceless freedom.

Goldie Hernandez
Goldie Hernandez

I'm surprised nobody checked "Unsure", everyone has to jump to a conclusion these days.

BoHawg
BoHawg

The headline should more accurately state that the sign "Upset SOME students." Both of my kids, one boy and one girl, attend UGA. Neither of them were or are upset over this. Why? Because I raised them not to be overly sensitive and get bent out of shape because someone thinks differently than they do.

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

i@BoHawg  Being upset is not the issue at hand.  It's the tastelessness of the posting of the sign. 

Ashton Yates
Ashton Yates

This is what the world is turning too and all people do is point fingers and instead of trying to make life better for ALL