On Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh, a 15-year-old student was sh0t and ki!!ed by another student close to Oliver Citywide Academy’s entrance.
According to the authorities, Derrick Harris, 15, is the victim, and Jaymier Perry, 15, is in custody. Perry is accused of ki!!ing someone with a gun. In the Allegheny County Jail, he is currently.
The sh00ting took place just before 7:30 a.m., according to Pittsburgh Police Commander Richard Ford, as students were walking to school. After that, they got a Sh0tSpotter alert for at least 11 fired sh0ts.
Police claimed that while assisting the victim, they noticed a young person fleeing the scene carrying a gun. After that, he was arrested. According to Ford, the victim was initially in critical condition but was later declared deἀd at a nearby hospital.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Ford. “We worked really really hard. We worked with the schools. And we’re going to continue to do that. Obviously, anytime there’s a loss of life, it’s a tragic situation. I am very relieved to know there is no danger to the public.”
Students on the bus were driven home or to Manchester School to meet with their parents. Significantly few students were in the building at the time of the sh00ting. The son of Armani Turner is one of those students.
She worried her 13-year-old was okay and regretted that the administration had not informed her of the incident.
“Once I did speak to him, I was relieved, but I’m still nervous because my son is pretty active in sports and stuff so I get to know a lot of my son’s friends,” she said. “I just want to make sure that it’s not someone he may know or that I may know of from people I went to school with because nobody wants to get that call.”
Turner continued, expressing her concern that the violence will worsen.
Turner continued, “I just want this to stop happening so frequently” “I just want parents to communicate with their kids. Know what’s going on, know what your kid is into. And get them help if they need help so this doesn’t keep reoccurring.”
The district ultimately decided to cancel the school day, and this week’s classes will be further explained.
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The superintendent, Wayne Walters, declared, “Today, this student’s safety was breached,” “This is unacceptable.”
A student was sh0t and ki!!ed outside the school in the early part of last year. Police reported that a student had se*ually and physically assaulted a staff member in September. The district claimed it was attempting to identify the cause of the violence.
According to officials, the school’s future will be discussed, but no specific safety precautions were mentioned during a press conference on Wednesday.
“We have a lot that we are thinking about,” Walters remarked. “But we will be thinking about what is the future of Oliver Citywide Academy.”
During a City in the Streets event a few hours after the sh00ting, Mayor Ed Gainey spoke about the violence.
“The common denominator in all of this is guns,” he said. “If you flood the streets with guns, what did you think the return was going to be?”
He declared that his administration would keep up its efforts to stop youth gun violence and involve kids in non-violent pursuits.
Gainey said, “We created a youth civic engagement to make sure they’re engaging with us,” “We’ve had interns in every office. I’ve had two. I’m going around to every school to talk to them.”
In a statement, Pittsburgh Public Schools said:
“This morning during arrival, a Pittsburgh Oliver Student was shot. After being transported to the hospital, the student later died due to injuries he received in the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family. Our schools are designed to be a safe place for teaching and learning. Today, that was not the case for a student who was on his way to school to get an education. Pittsburgh Oliver is currently closed, and all students have been transported to Pittsburgh Manchester for a safe reunification with their families. City and School Police are currently investigating the shooting. Out of respect for the student’s family, we will not be providing any further comment on this unfortunate matter.”
A Pittsburgh Public Schools statement:
“This morning during arrival, a Pittsburgh Oliver Student was shot. After being transported to the hospital, the student later died due to injuries he received in the shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family. Our… pic.twitter.com/WDSoFoR050
— K-12 School Shooting Database (@K12ssdb) May 24, 2023
You can read the full text of Gainey’s statement, which was also released, below.
“Pittsburgh, please join me in prayer for the family, friends, and the entire Oliver Citywide Academy community as they are once again mourning a young life taken by gunfire. I’m proud of the quick response by our Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, who were on the scene within minutes and were able to apprehend the suspect. Thank you for your continued work in making Pittsburgh safe.
No child should ever have to fear going to school, and no parent should ever worry about their child never coming home. We are working with our Community Violence Intervention teams to provide help and support to students, and we will do all that we can to connect the family to support services.
As a society, we have to reclaim our children, and we have to begin putting our children first. We have cultivated a culture of violence and death, celebrated guns, and glorified shooting. We have failed as a country to stop the proliferation of guns, and it is far too easy for a young person to get those guns and retaliate in the way our culture has glorified it.
Pittsburgh, we can and must do better. We have to cultivate a new culture, create a new path forward for our kids, and we are committed to investing in our kids to provide them with hope for a better tomorrow and a future that doesn’t end with bullets and gunfire.
If you want to be a part of our work to end violence in our city, join us. Call us. We are willing to work with everyone who wants to be a part of the solution.”
Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, tweeted early on Wednesday.
“Just when I tweeted about the Uvalde anniversary, I saw the news of a student shot outside Oliver Academy in Pittsburgh. Another child dead from senseless gun violence. We shouldn’t have to live like this. My office is in touch with local officials and I will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
Just when I tweeted about the Uvalde anniversary, I saw the news of a student shot outside Oliver Academy in Pittsburgh. Another child dead from senseless gun violence. We shouldn’t have to live like this. /1
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 24, 2023
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