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Father of Georgia Tech student to officer: "Why did you kill my son?"

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The parents of a Georgia Tech student who was shot and killed by a campus police officer over the weekend addressed reporters Monday, demanding answers about the death of their oldest child.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation identified the student as Scott Schultz, 21, of Lilburn. Loved ones of the student said Schultz preferred to be called "Scout" and identified as gender nonbinary, meaning neither male nor female. Schultz was president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech and was a fourth-year computer engineering major.

Officers encountered Schultz at 11 p.m. Saturday on a sidewalk outside a parking garage on campus. From a window of a nearby residence hall, a student captured video that shows officers pointing guns at Schultz and ordering the student to "drop the knife." Schultz does not comply with officers' orders. When Schultz advances toward the officers, an officer fires a fatal shot.

"Why did you have to shoot?" asked Bill Schultz, the student's father, standing with his wife before several television cameras. "That's the question. That's the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son?"

His wife Lynne corrected herself when she used a gender reference when speaking about her child. Preferred pronouns for a nonbinary person include "they" or "them."

"Scout was very caring and had empathy for other people," said Lynne Schultz. "Scout stood up for what they believed in."

The parents have hired attorney Chris Stewart who told reporters it doesn't make sense that Georgia Tech police officers are not equipped with Tasers. Use of a Taser would have prevented Schultz's death, he said. Stewart said he is planning to file a civil suit against Georgia Tech on the parents' behalf.  

Stewart argued that Schultz was not carrying a traditional knife at the time he was shot. Stewart said it was more like a "folding multipurpose tool" similar to what many people carry in their vehicles.

Georgia Tech officials had no further comment Monday.

A new report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation states that Scout Schultz was the one that made the 911 call to Georgia Tech Police alerting them of a suspicious person on campus.

During the call, Schultz described the person as a white male with long blond hair, white t-shirt and blue jeans who is possible intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip. 

Investigators also found a total of three suicide notes located in Schultz's dormitory room. A multi-purpose tool containing a knife was recovered from the scene. No firearms were recovered. 

The ACLU issued the following statement about the shooting event:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia today issued a statement regarding the shooting death of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz by campus police. Schultz, a computer engineering major, was president of the school’s Pride Alliance and identified as non-binary.

ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young had this reaction:

“This tragedy on a university campus creates a crisis of trust for Georgia families,” stated Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia. “It is essential that universities require crisis intervention training for their police.”

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