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Friday, February 1, 2013

Another School Shooting In The U.S.







 A 14-year-old student was shot outside an Atlanta middle school Thursday afternoon and another student was taken into custody, according to police.
Atlanta police responded to a report of a shooting at 1:50 p.m. at Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta and found the boy shot in the head, police said in a statement.
Atlanta Public Schools public information officer Steve Alford said the teen's wound was more toward the back of the neck, WXIA-TV reports.
"The student was alert, conscious and breathing," the police statement said. The student was in unknown condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.
No details so far about the shooter or the weapon used.
Police spokesman Carlos Campos said a teacher suffered a minor injury "while running," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says.
The school was locked down for almost three hours, and worried parents who rushed to the school were told by a school official that all other students were safe. Nearby Carver High School and Slater Elementary School were also locked down.
At 4:50 p.m., students began boarding buses that were escorted by police to nearby parking lots, where they were reunited with their parents.
WXIA has a photo gallery.
Laquanda Pittman rushed to the school, where her son is in the sixth grade.
"All types of stuff went through my head. I'm wondering whether it was my child who got shot, is my child OK, did he see what happened?" she told the Associated Press.
Mayor Kasim Reed condemned gun violence after the shooting and said counselors were at the school to meet with students, faculty and family members.
"Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end," Reed said in a statement. "Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief."
Source:USA Today

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