Drive-by shooting shakes Atlanta high school sommunity

Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta

On Wednesday, a drive-by shooting occurred at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta, resulting in injuries to at least four students. The incident took place in the lower campus parking lot shortly after dismissal. Fortunately, the injuries sustained by the students were reported as non-life-threatening by Atlanta Public Schools.

As students were leaving the premises, the incident, which occurred, immediately raised concerns about the safety of the school environment. The Atlanta Public Schools Police Department and Atlanta Fire Rescue responded swiftly, transporting the injured students to the hospital.

In a statement, the school district emphasized, “The safety and security of our students and staff are paramount.” All after-school activities were promptly canceled, and an ongoing investigation is being conducted by the school district’s police department.

This unfortunate event follows a similar incident in May, where a 16-year-old lost their life in a shooting near the school campus. However, the previous incident occurred during non-school hours, around 2:30 am, and was described as an unauthorized gathering near a school driveway.

The recent drive-by shooting has reignited concerns about the effectiveness of existing security protocols for students during critical moments like dismissal. The Atlanta community is grappling with questions about the adequacy of current security measures and what actions can be taken to improve the protection of students.

As the investigation progresses, authorities have not yet disclosed crucial details regarding the description of the vehicle involved in the shooting. This lack of information has left the community on edge, eagerly awaiting updates on the incident and hoping for swift justice.

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