Campus Community Mourns Loss of Scout Schultz
Scout Schultz, an undergraduate student, died on campus Saturday. Schultz was shot during an incident with campus police.
Schultz, a native of Lilburn, Georgia, was a fourth-year computer engineering major, minoring in biomedical engineering, and was president of Georgia Tech’s Pride Alliance.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, Georgia Tech police officers responded to a call of a person with a knife on West Campus. Officers found Schultz with a weapon. Schultz did not comply with officer requests to drop the weapon and advanced toward officers before a shot was fired. Schultz was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where they died. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
“Scout’s sudden and tragic death today has been devastating news for the Schultz family and classmates — and for members of the community who knew Scout personally, the shock and grief are particularly acute,” said John Stein, dean of students and vice president of Student Life, in a note to the campus community Sunday.
Flowers were placed on West Campus in Schultz’s memory Sunday, and a campus vigil will take place today at 8 p.m. at the Kessler Campanile to commemorate Schultz’s life and contributions to campus.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to Scout’s family, friends, and colleagues as we mourn Scout’s life and the unrealized potential of what could have been,” said President G.P. “Bud” Peterson in a message to campus Sunday.
Students are encouraged to use campus resources as they grieve and process the event. Walk-ins to the Georgia Tech Counseling Center, located on the second floor of the Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building, are welcome.
“At times like these, we are reminded of the importance of coming together in support, understanding, and care for one another,” Stein said.
“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,” Peterson said. “In the days and weeks to come, we will offer opportunities for dialogue and will respond with additional resources as needed for healing. Together, we will get through this.”