Here is the power and reach of social media. My daughter in New York called to alert me to a shooting at Grady High School in Atlanta as a friend of hers in North Carolina posted a Facebook note about it after getting a text from his sister, a Grady student.
It turned out that a female student accidentally shot herself in the leg in the school parking lot this morning. Police have the gun, and the wounded student is at the hospital. Everyone at the school is safe. Grady is on lockdown, but classes will resume in a few minutes, according to student Facebook postings.
APS has been sending out alerts to worried Grady parents, but it appears that students inside the school were never in danger. (Why a Grady student showed up at school with a gun or why she was handling a gun in the parking lot is not clear.)
If you want to see an amazing photo and read a minute-by-minute accounting of the APS Twitter reports, go to the Southerner, Grady’s award-winning student newspaper. (Evidence of why this student paper wins awards: These dedicated young journalists began posting this stuff in the midst of the event.)
One Grady journalist, Joe Lavine, posted a photo of a gun he spotted on the ground. According to the caption with the photo: “In between the C200 building and the old basketball gym, Southerner staffer Joe Lavine observed this gun, which may have been used as a weapon in the incident that took place today. Nearby the gun, on the sidewalk, Lavine also saw a few drops of blood.”
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog