Scout Schultz’s death has become a major controversy on Georgia Tech campus. The turnout of the students during the vigil for the slain student who was shot dead by the campus police was huge. While the vigil itself was peaceful, there was a protest by several dozen students who marched towards the campus police headquarters and damaged police vehicles.
Three people were reportedly arrested following the violent protest. Scout Schultz was shot dead by the campus police on Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed person on the campus. The 4th year student was carrying a small knife.
Lance Wallace, the Georgia Tech spokesman in a statement released to the media said that a group of about 50 protesters, consisting of students marched to the campus police department. “After a peaceful memorial vigil for Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz, a group of approximately 50 protesters marched to the Georgia Tech Police Department…One police vehicle was damaged and two officers suffered minor injuries. One officer was transported to Grady Hospital with minor injuries”, the statement said.
The three people arrested after the incident include Vincent Castillenti, Jacob Wilson and Cassandra Monden. The trio was charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer. Students have been angered by the fact that that the knife that Schultz was said to be carrying was not with a big blade. WSB-TV journalists at the scene said the knife appeared to be a half-open, multi-tool knife that would likely include a small blade. The victim was a fourth-year computer engineering student from Lilburn.
The student was reportedly very very active with the LGBT pride community on campus. He was known as “Scout.” The student-activist served as the president of the Pride Alliance on Georgia Tech’s campus. In a statement from the Pride Alliance’s board, Schultz is remembered as a driving force behind the group.
In the meantime, an attorney for Schultz’s parents said at a tearful press conference Monday that Schultz was having a mental breakdown and posed no threat to officers. L. Chris Stewart, the attorney, stood next to Scout’s parents Bill and Lynne Schultz holding a multipurpose tool similar to the one Schultz was holding when the shooting occurred.
The attorney was quoted by NYDailyNews as saying, “It’s tragic that as Scout was battling mental health issues that pushed them to the edge of desperation, their life was taken with a bullet rather than saved with non-lethal force…People have breakdowns sometimes … people just break down,” the attorney said. “That doesn’t mean they deserved to die.”
Meanwhile, Scout Schultz’s mother, Lynne Schultz said, “Why did you have to shoot…Why did you kill my son?”