Ge­or­gia Tech po­lice shoot and kill Pride Al­liance pres­i­dent

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Scout Schultz, pres­i­dent of the Ge­or­gia Tech Pride Al­liance, was shot and killed by cam­pus po­lice around 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 16.

Schultz, who used the sin­gu­lar pro­noun they, iden­ti­fied as bi­sex­ual, gen­der non-bi­nary and in­ter­sex, ac­cord­ing to the Pride Al­liance web­site. They were a se­nior com­puter engi­neer­ing ma­jor and bio­med­i­cal engi­neer­ing mi­nor.

Schultz, 21, was al­legedly walk­ing bare­foot and car­ry­ing a mul­ti­pur­pose tool. Ge­or­gia Tech po­lice later said Schultz called the po­lice on them­selves, re­port­ing there was an in­di­vid­ual walk­ing on cam­pus with a knife and pos­si­bly a gun. In cell phone videos shot by stu­dents nearby, Schultz is seen walk­ing to­ward of­fi­cers out­side of the Cur­ran park­ing deck. Schultz can be over­heard telling of­fi­cers to shoot. They were in­structed sev­eral times to drop the mul­ti­pur­pose tool, and af­ter about 60 sec­onds of not com­ply­ing with the de­mand, a gun­shot sounds and screams are heard. Schultz was shot in the heart and died af­ter be­ing trans­ported to Grady Hos­pi­tal.

Ac­cord­ing to the At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion, “a mul­ti­pur­pose tool found on the ground is be­lieved to be the knife Schultz held. The tool did not show an ex­tended blade.”

Fol­low­ing Schultz’s death, the Ge­or­gia Tech Pro­gres­sive Stu­dent Al­liance is­sued a list of de­mands from univer­sity lead­ers, which in­cluded pro­vid­ing safe spa­ces for LGBT stu­dents in­side the stu­dent cen­ter, deem­ing sin­gle-stall bath­rooms on cam­pus as gen­der-neu­tral, pro­vid­ing cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion train­ing for all po­lice of­fi­cers and pro­vid­ing fund­ing for more coun­selors avail­able to stu­dents.

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Ge­or­gia Tech stu­dents and fac­ulty be­gan plac­ing flow­ers and notes in mem­ory of slain Pride Al­liance Pres­i­dent Scout Schultz the day af­ter they were killed. (Photo by Pa­trick Saun­ders)

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