Georgia Tech police shoot and kill Pride Alliance president
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)