Grady shooting shows the power of social media

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

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Mountain Man

February 27th, 2013
11:29 am

“(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.)”

Let me see. This is one of APS’ BEST schools? I would hate to see the WORST.

Digger

February 27th, 2013
11:35 am

Headline should be:
‘Grady Shooting Shows the Power of Stupidity’

Mountain Man

February 27th, 2013
11:43 am

You know, I live in Cobb County and I was thinking about moving into Atlanta because of the quality of their schools…

Digger

February 27th, 2013
11:44 am

Wear body armor.

20/20

February 27th, 2013
12:30 pm

Every other week Atlanta Public Schools is in the news due to some crisis of an emergency nature and Erroll Davis and administration have no response. This man has facilitated the mistreatment of staff and is in the middle of a serious brain drain as people with knowledge leave this district and the school board is clueless and nonresponsive just like Dekalb or worse.

ATL Breed

February 27th, 2013
12:37 pm

Stupid kids…..they have no clue about what is going on in this country about guns, someone should slap her and her folks

J Throckmorton Malcontent

February 27th, 2013
1:04 pm

If only an armed teacher or passerby had been there to shoot the gun out of the student’s hand before she dropped it, none of this would have happened.
Seriously though: nice paper. Maybe these student journalists will grow up to re-invent the editor, specifically the “letters to the editor” one. We could use a comeback by the Fourth Estate.

W. R. Martin

February 27th, 2013
1:10 pm

Wait, wait, wait, people!
This must be one of those ‘responsible gun owners’ that the NRA claims is going to protect us during an emergency.
Don’t you understand?

yagottabekiddingme

February 27th, 2013
1:33 pm

Isn’t anyone asking why a Grady student was able to take a photo of the gun lying on the ground while there supposedly was a LOCKDOWN going on?

Maureen Downey

February 27th, 2013
1:45 pm

@Ya, Thought about it but also aware that some schools, including my local high school, have kids arriving at all times due to dual enrollments, internships, flex schedules for seniors etc. Also, the kids may have been outside for a class. (Increasingly seeing classes outside at many schools.)
Maureen

yagottabekiddingme

February 27th, 2013
1:47 pm

A student roaming freely while there was an active crime scene??? Really???

Maureen Downey

February 27th, 2013
1:48 pm

@Ya, But do have concerns about this and think parents can’t be too happy: From Southerner:

APS superintendent Erroll Davis holds an afternoon press conference alongside principal Vincent Murray in the wake of this morning’s incident in which a student shot herself in the thigh on campus. Davis said that the shooting occurred between the gym and the main building. The ambulance was dispatched at 10 a.m. Davis said that the student came to school late and “did not follow protocol to check in.” David added that other students opened the gym door to allow the student to enter the building for first period. It is unclear, Davis said, whether the student brought the gun on campus or whether another student gave her the gun once she arrived. In response to parent questions, Davis said the Atlanta Police Department cannot afford to assign the 75 full-time officers he estimated were necessary to patrol APS campuses. Davis also said newly designed APS schools, such as Grady, contain multiple entrances and multiple buildings, which make the schools more attractive but less secure. “We are not going to be able to turn our schools intro fortresses,” Davis said.

yagottabekiddingme

February 27th, 2013
1:50 pm

Grady’s my hood school, and even though I don’t have kids there now, I’m less than thrilled about his flippant response.

Maureen Downey

February 27th, 2013
1:53 pm

@Ya, Not sure he was roaming. He may have been walking from one building to another. He might have been going between classes as the teen who shot herself was arriving, but had been late. Anybody from Grady tell us if the area where this occurred is a path between classes for kids?
Maureen

atlmom

February 27th, 2013
2:01 pm

“she didn’t follow protocol”

Um, right, because, well, she’s a kid. And many students in the system don’t do this. Not that anyone should be shot ever – but what happens in a ‘normal’ situation when that happens? Are there any consequences (like, if she didn’t follow protocol, but it was just another day?)?

Do the students care to follow protocol?

Siren

February 27th, 2013
2:29 pm

did any parent receive a direct call or phone alert from Grady or APS other than what was posted on APS site?

Been there done that (not)

February 27th, 2013
2:34 pm

Once upon a time in 2012at a small Eastside county, a middle school kid brought a weapon to school and was caught and sent to an alternative school . On the first day back threw a pencil at a teachers eye , was evicted from class and given no other punishment by school admin. When board of Education warned by teacher said no problem kid will be fine. When promoted to 7th grade kid robbed teacher and when asked why was told hated F…in B…. He now in a dentention center in a Southern Ga Cty at the ripe old age of 12. Some kids are destined to be criminal and no bleeding hearts or indifference by ignorant Education so called Boards or management will help. Not enforcing existing rules to the letter also a big weakness.

jonathan peterson

February 27th, 2013
2:40 pm

The shooting happened in an outdoor area between buildings and kids were moving from place to place between classes. The photo was taken immediately after the shooting, BEFORE the lockdown as custodians were securing the area and notifying administrators.

As a Grady parent, I think the school administration deserves kudos for notifying us quickly (by email and phone) and letting us know what they knew at that point. It’s just kind of amazing that social media like The Southerer’s Facebook page or the Virginia Highland neighborhood watch email list I’m on were even faster in their response.

20/20

February 27th, 2013
2:44 pm

Erroll Davis is in over his head. Just keep watching. He is clueless about what is going on in the schools and still clueless when he shows up for press conferences. Keep watching.

Are we allowed to talk about this?

February 27th, 2013
2:54 pm

“APS has been sending out alerts to worried Grady parents, but it appears that students inside the school were never in danger.”

Correction: If this student was walking around inside Grady High School with a gun, then ALL of the students were in danger. It says she shot herself accidentally (duh) so that means she probably didn’t know how to handle the weapon…which means that anyone could have been shot. Anyone.

I wonder if Superintendent Davis would be so cavalier about this whole situation if the person shot non-fatally in the thigh had been the principal?

xxx

February 27th, 2013
2:56 pm

Quick! Somebody get W.R. his pearls to clutch. I’m thinking high school students aren’t part of that group but never let that get in the way of hyberbole.

atlmom

February 27th, 2013
2:58 pm

are we allowed to talk about this? – you are so correct. a gun went off! and while it may not have been as serious as it could have been, she could have just as easily shot herself fatally – and/or another student.

It’s very scary. what can the administration do? Not so much, you know. what is it they should/could do? create a fortress around all the schools? this happened outside, before metal detectors (and it’s terrible we have them, but we do).

June

February 27th, 2013
3:15 pm

This was a very serious situation. It is my hope that the person who brought the gun to Grady will be expelled according to Zero Tolerance rules. But as for how someone was able to take a pictures of the gun, think about it!! MANY of the students have smart phones!

Mitch

February 27th, 2013
3:27 pm

We live in a “everyone carry a gun society’”. Gun carrying is actively encouraged by members of our Legislature, the Governor, Certain U. S. Senators and Congressmen. The AJC reports of people in our State government promoting carring concealed weapons to church, to schools, in our parks, to the grocery store, etc. It just goes on and on. We cannot expect our school kids to be a lot smarter than the adults around them. It will get worse unless we stop it.

Mountain Man

February 27th, 2013
3:33 pm

“We are not going to be able to turn our schools intro fortresses,” Davis said

Translation: We don’t care about our students here. Let anyone come in and shoot up the school. And we just told them how it can be done.

MoFaux

February 27th, 2013
3:36 pm

This girl should not only be expelled, but jailed. If the gun came from her home and was not stolen, then they should confiscate all guns in the home. I realize this is probably illegal now, but I think if you raise a child that is able to easily procure one of your guns and takes it to school, then you have no business owning a gun. Zero tolerance for irresponsible parents, especially ones that own guns. Children will always do stupid stuff, but this is way beyond stupid and the parents should share responsibility here.

MoFaux

February 27th, 2013
3:56 pm

Mountain Man: What is your solution, to provide armed officers at every entrance to every school? We can’t even afford to pay enough police officers to cover our streets, let alone every single school. Armed guards at Columbine did not seem to help them at all. If you know a school has an armed guard/s and you want to commit a mass murder at a school, then guess who your first target/s will be? Randomly-armed teachers instead?

I recently attended a speech on security by a quite-decorated retired police officer/soldier. The police officer was pretty diplomatic, but it was obvious that he was very pro-gun and probably did not vote for Obama. However, he specifically mentioned that he agreed 100% with Oama’s executive order related to background checks, even for family-to-family gun purchases. It not only protects the buyer, but the seller as well. Heck, even Wayne LaPierre agreed with this at one point, before reversing himself.

Mountain Man

February 27th, 2013
4:34 pm

MoFaux – ever think of starting with emergency exits with alarms on them like in restaurants? That would have stopped the two other students from letting her in the gym doors (probably because she was late for school). Errol Davis just doesn’t want to divert money to security from his overblown administrative staff – got to keep all those jobs programs filled. So let’s see what happens to this girl – hopefully she will be expelled and also charged and prosecuted to the full eextent of the law. The other students need to see her suffer MAJOR life disruption because of her criminal behavior. Ten years in prison sounds about right.

Mountain Man

February 27th, 2013
4:36 pm

Make a GOOD example of this girl. She needs to have her life RUINED to show what will happen when you do this kind of thing. What was she going to do with the gun? Kill another student, perhaps? Thank goodness it was she that got sho and not someone else.

kasoeh

February 27th, 2013
4:36 pm

From all accounts, the school administration and faculty – the custodians, the teachers, the principal, the resource officers – got the kids to safety quickly and calmly – at least according to my two kids that attend Grady. At the same time they were notifying hundreds of parents with continual updates by voice mail and e-mail, keeping teachers informed of lockdown status, reassuring students with announcements over the intercom system, and assisting in a police investigation. Impressive response by any measure.

Sure, rules must be made and enforced – there shouldn’t be a way for the kids at Grady to circumvent the protocol and enter the school through non-secured entries any time of day. But not all incidents – or in fact tragedies – can be avoided. I, for one, don’t want my kids to spend their days in a fortress, even if it was possible to guarantee their protection.

Mountain Man

February 27th, 2013
4:38 pm

And, yes, they need to press charges against anyone who helped or allowed her to come into possession of this gun. If it were her parent(s), she needs to be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

MamaBJ

February 27th, 2013
6:21 pm

No 17-year-old needs to have her life RUINED.

Atlanta Mom

February 27th, 2013
6:24 pm

This child was a senior, most likely 17 or 18. Our legislature is considering letting 18 year old have guns on college campuses–where alcohol is much more prevalent that the HS campuses. Anybody feell good about that?

Truth in Moderation

February 27th, 2013
7:17 pm

“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.”

GREAT ALTERNATIVE NEWS REPORTING!
These photos of a gun and blood ARE MORE THAN THE MSM EVER SHOWED AT SANDY HOOK!
That’s why, to this day, millions call it Sandy Hoax. NO COVERED BODIES, BLOOD, OR GUNS have ever been shown to the public or the families (face photos of the dead only, closed casket only, no school surveillance videos). COMPARE WITH NEWS COVERAGE OF COLUMBINE. Night and day!

Atlanta Mom

February 27th, 2013
7:23 pm

Truth,
snopes.com

Truth in Moderation

February 27th, 2013
7:44 pm

@Atlanta Mom
“Our legislature is considering letting 18 year old have guns on college campuses–where alcohol is much more prevalent that the HS campuses. ”

I’d be more worried about CARS and alcohol.

HOWEVER, DO YOU HAVE A LOCKED MEDICINE CABINET FOR YOUR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:

“Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Times analysis of government data has found.
Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fueling the surge in deaths are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with one another or with other drugs or alcohol. Among the most commonly abused are OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma.”
ht tp://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/17/local/la-me-drugs-epidemic-20110918

“According to the findings, in 2010 more than 38,329 people died from drug overdose. Of those deaths, 22,134 were from prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Methadone.” – See more at:
ht tp://centralny.ynn.com/content/top_stories/642082/study–prescription-drug-deaths-continue-to-rise/?ap=1&MP4#sthash.Qg2JHqrh.dpuf

GUNS
U.S. accidental gun death rate in 2010:
firearm-related death-rate per 100,000 population in one year: 0.2

MoFaux

February 27th, 2013
7:59 pm

Oh, she was a Senior? That explains it…she wanted to go out with a BANG!

Midtown Teacher

February 27th, 2013
8:08 pm

I used to teach at Grady. This doesn’t surprise me at all. I know of students who had guns in my classroom (I didn’t know at the time). Many students fear being “jumped” by other students and most of the time students bring a weapon it is because they are scared to death. Stop bullying, fix the metal detectors (or plug them in and use them) and have an assigned resource officer to monitor incoming students along with teachers and it might help reduce the likelihood of weapons at schools.

Truth in Moderation

February 27th, 2013
8:15 pm

@Atlanta Mom
I challenge anyone on this blog to post photo evidence of the Sandy Hook crime ( the injured, blood, covered bodies being removed from the school, the weapons used, school security video from newly installed security system). Now, do the same for Columbine.

My observations of many hours of news video, photos, and local newspaper accounts tell me that much of the evidence and witness accounts are conflicting and have never been resolved. All I can say is that the “official” story (which one?) doesn’t hold water. If anyone died, or how many died and how, it is still unknown to the public BY EVIDENCE.
Just show us the Sandy Hook School surveillance video! BTW. I do have a background in network news.

NO PHOTO OF “survivor”
“To protect Hammond’s privacy and that of her family, Sonski will not talk about her condition, prognosis or where she is being treated — her family is in a self-imposed seclusion due to the barrage of media that has surrounded them. Sonski said she knows only the barest details of what occurred. Their visit was about a special sisterhood, and her desire to laugh with her friend once again.”

Read more: ht tp://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Sandy-Hook-survivor-s-wit-and-will-a-weapon-for-4125396.php#ixzz2M9SqxQCn

The article also states Lanza shot his mother with a HANDGUN. Account was later changed to a .22 rifle. QUITE A DIFFERENCE. Take the time to surf the THOUSANDS of accounts of inconsistencies. You do favor intellectual pursuit, do you not?

Just watch Gene Rosen’s 10+ different versions of his “hero” story……..It’s one of the most popular on the web.

JD

February 27th, 2013
8:56 pm

What in the world is she even doing with a gun. I thought we were talking about studying English, algebra, and maybe history. What’s going on? This is not school. This is something else.

Truth in Moderation

February 27th, 2013
8:56 pm

@Atlanta Mom
FAKE MSM “LIVE” video of Sandy Hook on day of shooting EXPOSED!
ht tp://theintelhub.com/2013/01/19/sandy-hook-smoking-gun-revealed-factions-of-government-law-enforcement-and-mainstream-media-including-anderson-cooper-engaged-in-treason-against-the-united-states-and-its-citizens/ (remove space)

[...] 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 …Find out more from Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) [...]

Just Sayin

February 27th, 2013
9:09 pm

@ Truth….You do know that this is a blog about Georgia schools and not a conspiracy forum …don’t you? I think you should send letters to every news outlet out there to get YOUR ” truth ” heard. This blog ain’t the place. I think the government is suspect on a lot of things..(gas prices anyone?), but I can’t waste my time looking for ghosts. It makes you crazy or at least people think you are and then the mysterious “they” win. Why harass the people from the town? Why threaten them as some of your fellow theorists have done. It does nothing but further discredit you and your cause.

As for the girl with the gun…. I think a law should be passed that if you leave your weapn easily available for a child or thief and a person is injured, you should be charged and given a minimum of 2 years in prison. More if a child dies. It’s one thing if someone has to steal your gun case to get your gun. It is another story when they can just get it from your dresser or under your carseat.

Truth in Moderation

February 27th, 2013
9:29 pm

Here are Columbine photos (not gory). The crime detail photos are available, but I will not post them here.
ht tp://www.columbine-online.com/attack/columbine-attack-crime-scene-photos-from-police.htm

Try to find anything like that for Sandy Hook.

You won’t. DR. CARVER (CT Chief Med. Officer) MADE SURE OF IT!

“In September 2011, Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver threatened the State of Connecticut with his resignation because of interference from the Malloy Administration. Carver was angry because the Malloy administration decided to remove five of his 54 employees. These five long time employees of ME Carver do things that no other employees in state government can handle.

“Our staffs have worked together to try to create those skill sets that we need to fill over there, and so I don’t really understand the need for this, this drama,” spokesman Mark Ojakain said.

Prior to Dr. H Wayne Carver threatening his resignation in February 2011, Carver put in a request to congress, to pass the provision of Bill 1054. This Bill would prevent the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner from unilaterally disclosing autopsy reports on pediatric homicides to the general public.”

- See more at: ht tp://www.insanemedia.net/corruption-in-connecticut-medical-examiner-dr-h-wayne-carver/1362#sthash.g3s30lQA.dpuf (remove space)

Go to the site and see the documenting videos. I verified this myself back in Dec./ Jan. just by google searches pulling up old news articles. This person just happened to put it together on a blog. I have been leaking my research since December. Nice to see it gets picked up.

GHS Student

February 27th, 2013
9:40 pm

I go to Grady High School, and I’d like to clear a few things up: the student didn’t go inside the school this morning. She arrived late and went to the gym (which is not connected to the main building), so she bypassed the metal detectors. Joe Lavine, who took the photo of the gun, was not “roaming around” during a hard lock-down. The incident occurred in between 1st period and Homeroom, so students were in transit. Also, it was an isolated event. She wasn’t trying to shoot up the school, she was messing around. I am in no way defending her, but she is notorious for being reckless.
Finally, do not blame anyone for this incident but the student in possession of the gun. There is no way any security measures by the staff or faculty could have prevented this. It sucks, but its true. Grady is a good school, don’t let one idiot with a pink gun ruin its image.

Atlanta Mom

February 27th, 2013
9:58 pm

Truth,
On those rare occasions I have prescription meds, I take them as prescribed. After 10 days, there are none left. But, thanks for asking.

3schoolkids

February 27th, 2013
10:01 pm

My daughter had a classmate in 4th grade who brought a gun to school in his backpack. He was showing it off in the morning, before lunch and in the bus line at dismissal. He said it wasn’t loaded but he also wasn’t turned in (by another student) until the next morning. He got 5 days suspension but they let him come back on day 4 because Mom couldn’t take any more time off work. Admin said it was “innocent” and that the gun was his grandfather’s and they were hunting for “bonding” purposes. A few years later my son got in trouble for yelling on the bus on the way home from school because another student was describing shooting, killing and gutting a deer in detail and he didn’t want to hear it. I was told if he yelled on the bus again he would be kicked off the bus. He didn’t ride the bus anymore after that. I was told the kid was from a single parent home and he liked to hunt with his grandfather for “bonding” time.

This girl is 17 and a minor, if the gun turns out to be registered to an adult family member they should be held responsible as well!

Atlanta Mom

February 27th, 2013
10:17 pm

Midtown teacher
If “I didn’t know at the time” what makes you think you know now?
If you taught at Grady, you would know that assigning resource officers to moniter the incoming students would not have helped this situation.
As for “Many students fear being “jumped” by other students “, mine didn’t.
Stale Mate.

Truth in Moderation

February 28th, 2013
12:35 am

@Just Sayin
‘I challenge anyone on this blog to post photo evidence of the Sandy Hook crime ( the injured, blood, covered bodies being removed from the school, the weapons used, school security video from newly installed security system). Now, do the same for Columbine. – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2013/02/27/grady-shooting-shows-the-power-of-social-media/#sthash.KMJSTH73.dpuf

If what you say is true, you should be able to google and find IN MINUTES the evidence I request. Well, where is it?

You are correct that this isn’t the best place for my DOCUMENTATION OF MY OBSERVATIONS. This blog isn’t a place where critical thinking skills are practiced.

Why don’t you post something worthy of my time to read?

Truth in Moderation

February 28th, 2013
12:38 am

Does the military let 18 year olds have guns? I HOPE NOT! THAT WOULD BE DANGEROUS.