ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — One Atlanta middle school student was shot and taken to the hospital this afternoon in Southeast Atlanta.
WGCL-TV reports that the shooting took place at Price Middle School.
The station reports that a 14-year-old was shot in the back of the neck and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. The teen did not suffer life threatening injuries and is expected to be released from the hospital this evening.
Atlanta Fire Cpt. Marian McDaniel also says a teacher suffered minor cuts and bruises but was treated on the scene at Price Middle School. An Atlanta Police department spokesman told CBS Radio that the teacher may have been knocked down by students who were running after the shot was fired.
One person has been taken into custody. Atlanta police say the person arrested was also a student. A school resource officer who is an off duty Atlanta police officer disarmed the student and made the arrest shortly after the shooting.
WGCL-TV reports that the school was on full lockdown while officials thoroughly checked the school and made sure all students were safe.
In a news conference at Atlanta School Board Headquarters Superintendent Erroll Davis said parents were notified by robo call of the shooting and students were being reunited with parents.
Mayor Kasim Reed issued this statement about the shooting:
“Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end. Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief. I pray that the student who was shot today at Price Middle School in southwest Atlanta recovers quickly and can return home to family and friends. A suspect has been taken into custody. I would also like the students, faculty and families of the Price Middle School community to know that they have the full support of the City of Atlanta as they heal from today’s terrible incident. The city’s Employee Assistance Program counselors are already at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members.”
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