A Georgia Tech student has launched an online fundraising effort to aid campus police officers affected by Monday night’s riots.
What began as a peaceful vigil in memory of fellow student Scout Schultz devolved into mayhem and a police vehicle was set ablaze.
“Two GTPD officers were injured in the ensuing melees and two GTPD cruisers were torched,” wrote Phillip Yamin, an electrical engineering major in the class of 2019, who started the online effort. It’s so far raised about $2,000.
“The majority of Georgia Tech students do not support these violent protests,” student Nuala Hutton said in an email to the AJC. “Scout’s friends and the vigil attendees were advocating for changes to mental health policy on campus when the protesters showed up and started calling for violence. The vigil was entirely separate from the protests, and it was intended to memorialize and honor Scout. This is not our community. We are still grieving.”