School Officer Shoots Mom Allegedly Armed, Trying to 'Defend' Daughter

An angry parent who says she was prepared to defend her daughter was shot by a school police officer after she showed up on campus with a gun, police said.

Police were called to Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia, following a physical altercation between an unknown number of students. The parent of one of the students brandished a handgun outside the high school, waving it in the direction of students and staff, police said.

Family members said the mother went to the school to defend her daughter, according to WSBTV.

"A parent came to the campus with a weapon and began waving it in the direction of students, employees and an Atlanta Public Schools Police Officer. The officer ordered the parent to drop the weapon. When the parent did not comply with the order, the officer fired one shot which struck the parent in the hand," the district said in a statement.

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An angry parent in Atlanta, Georgia, who was trying to defend her daughter was shot by a school police officer after she showed up on campus with a gun, authorities said. Getty Images

Paramedics were called to the scene to treat the mother's injury. No one else was injured, a school district spokesman said. The parent is facing multiple criminal charges, officials said.

No further details about the incident have been released, including the identity of the parent. The school is cooperating with local police.

"APS Police and Atlanta Police are conducting a full investigation of the incident, and the parent faces several charges. As this was an officer-involved shooting, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating as well. The safety and well-being of our students and employees is always a top priority for all Atlanta Public Schools," the district said.

Last year, there were at least 202 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, resulting in 49 deaths and 126 injuries nationally, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control.

This year, there have been approximately 27 incidents of gunfire on school grounds, resulting in four deaths and 18 injuries.

Everytown for Gun Safety, which has been tracking school gun violence since 2013, says gunfire on school grounds occurs most often at school with mostly students of color.

"The burden of gun violence has a particularly outsized impact on Black students. Although Black students represent approximately 15 percent of the total K-12 school population in America, they constitute 25 percent of K-12 student victims of gunfire (those who were killed or injured on school grounds where the race of the victim was known)," the nonprofit said in an analysis.

Newsweek reached out to Atlanta Public Schools for comment.