An angry parent who says she was willing to defend her daughter was shot by a school police officer after she showed up on campus with a gun, police said.
Police were called to Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia, after a physical altercation between an unknown number of students. The parent of one of the students brandished a gun outside the high school and waved it at students and staff, police said.
Relatives said the mother went to the school to defend her daughter, according to WSBTV.
“A parent came to campus with a gun and began waving it at students, staff and an Atlanta Public Schools police officer. The officer ordered the parent to drop the gun. When the parent failed to obey the order, the officer fired one shot, hitting the parent in the hand,” the district said in a statement.
Ambulance personnel arrived at the scene to treat the mother’s injury. No one else was injured, a school district spokesman said. The parent faces multiple criminal charges, officials said.
No further details about the incident, including the identity of the parent, have been released. The school cooperates with the local police.
The APS Police Department and the Atlanta Police Department are conducting a full investigation into the incident and the parent is facing several charges. Since this was a shooting involving an officer, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is also investigating. The safety and well-being of our students and employees is always a top priority for all Atlanta Public Schools,” the district said.
Last year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control, there were at least 202 gunfire incidents on school grounds, resulting in 49 deaths and 126 injuries nationally.
This year there were about 27 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, killing four and injuring 18.
Everytown for Gun Safety, which has been tracking gun violence in schools since 2013, says gunshots on school grounds are most common in schools with mostly colored students.
“The burden of gun violence has a particularly profound impact on black students. Although black students represent about 15 percent of the total K-12 school population in America, they make up 25 percent of K-12 students who are victims of gunfire. (those killed or injured on school grounds where the victim’s race was known), the nonprofit said in an analysis.
news week contacted Atlanta Public Schools for comment.