Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old Georgia Tech engineering student and LGBTQ activist, was fatally shot Saturday evening after police responded to a 911 call describing a suspicious person, possibly intoxicated, holding a knife or a gun. Police found Schultz outside of the campus dorm barefoot and disoriented.
In the video, officers repeatedly tell Schultz to drop the knife and not move. Schultz continues to walk forward and shouts "Shoot me!" One officer says, "Nobody wants to hurt you." Another asks, "What's going on, man?" Schultz stops, then continues to walk forward, and the officer fires.
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.
Schultz was president of Georgia Tech Pride Alliance. Schultz identified as nonbinary and intersex and preferred the pronouns they, them and their.
Sarah Buttons, a mental health counselor and board member of Georgia Safe Schools Coalition, knew Schultz from Coalition events. Buttons said:
Scout was an outspoken leader so it feels in character with this person to not forget how they lived but also... to talk about the circumstances of their death. Sometimes, our leaders get really worn down, so how do we make sure our leaders in the community are supported?
Following the shooting, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said evidence shows that Schultz made the 911 call. Police found three suicide notes in Schultz's dorm room.
While this is a heart-wrenchingly painful time for the entire Georgia Tech community, it is important to know that all of us here at Georgia Tech are committed to providing a safe and healthy, living and learning environment for all of our students, faculty and staff. As we work through this tragic event, I encourage you to take advantage of all of the resources we provide here on campus, for mental, emotional, and physical well-being.