In response to Governor signs Charter bill ...
Cherokeeparent — I guess we should just drop the republic part of our history — it would have worked out great to have the public vote on ending slavery, giving women the right to vote, civil rights, etc., right Chip? I wish I had representation in the statehouse. We’ll see what happens in November.
ReallyLamePolitician — Gotta love politics. Where’s the money coming from Mr. Deal? Looks like democrats aren’t the only ones spending money that isn’t there.
MomSusan — How can the state give charter schools $8 million when they can’t find enough money to fully fund the local school district? Choice is fine, but let’s be fair.
In response to Education group accuses Geist….
Robert30102 — I too, Mr. Geist, am saddened by political climate that you and the other proteges of Chip Rogers have created. As a CCSD employee, I am saddened as we see the probable return of the situation we had with the board and Tim Moxley. We were the laughing stock of the nation. Thankfully, we are now envied. Educators relocate here just to work here. All this thanks to the leadership of Dr. Petruzielo. Mr. Geist, you and your cronies should be ashamed of the atmosphere you have created.
George Bailey — Cherokee Citizens for the Kids is little more than Dr. P’s version of Media Matters, an arms length propaganda machine. George Soros would be proud of Dr. P for imitating him.
Hey,hey, hey goodbye — I’m not sure which astounds me more — Geist’s arrogance or his stupidity. There were 800 other parents from CCA who could have been asked to attend but he goes to be ‘cordial’?? Yeah, right. He is a CCSD-elected board member. Showing up uninvited and unannounced and then asking for names and whether they worked for the district is completely out of line. He’s got to go before he does irreparable harm to our district — but, hey, maybe that’s really his intention?? Maybe, instead of the arrogance and stupidity, I should be astounded by his cunning??
Pleasebeserious — I thought the “Cherokee Citizens for the Kids” was supposed to be about the kids. This is just sad.
Jeffposs — If Mr Geist was not invited, why was he there and who told him about the meeting?
In response to Authorities fatally shoot teen…
Towne Lake Mom — A worried mother calls 911 for help with her troubled son who is enraged and temporarily out of control due to normal parent/teenage conflict and Cherokee County police respond by shooting the troubled kid dead in less than an hour. The kid didn’t even want to harm his dog. I’m appalled at the CCPD. And you can believe I will never call them should I ever feel a need for help with my teenage son. I’ll die myself trying to control the situation before I’ll call them.
Realistic Mom — First of all, the police don’t dictate a time table. Second, I never nor did any of my friends ever while in our teenage years pull a gun due to normal parent /teenage conflict or for anything for that matter. That is not normal behavior for a person of any age. Third, who cares if he didn’t want to harm his dog. That should tell you that he was lucid enough to know what he was doing was wrong. Fourth, how can you think it was okay for him to behave that way even if you say it was temporary? Would it still be okay if he killed someone because it was a temporary loss of control? Some people never cease to amaze me. I am a mother myself but if my son ever acts like that then the consequences he faces as a result of his actions can be blamed on nobody else but him. Grow up people. We live in a world where children can be just as dangerous as adults. 16 years old is old enough to know better. Police officers are here to protect everyone. Even the ungrateful people who don’t deserve it.
Shsgrad77 — Pretty much put it this way, if you threaten to kill people and then point a loaded gun at a cop; you’re getting shot. It is in no way the cops fault that the kid died, he determined his own outcome once he pointed a loaded gun at police. Would everyone feel better if there was one dead cop and then a dead kid. That could’ve easily been the case if the situation was let go any longer. The kid put himself in that situation, he made the choice that eventually ended his life not the cops. They did what they were trained to do.
Henry Rowelengardner — There was no need for his death. there could have been another way. And for the cops wondering if he fired the gun or broke the glass, come on guys, there’s a distinct sound between the two. You would hear a .357 in the neighborhood. Are you all blind? Even so you can still check the gun, if there’s a bullet missing I think that narrows it down don’t ya think? I think the cops weren’t following standard procedure or maybe they jumped the gun and accidently shot. Whatever the case is it’s still sickening. Everytime I think about him I get a deep pit feeling in my stomach knowing I will never see him again. I just wish it could have turned out differently.
Lisa Smallwood — I completely agree. They couldn’t tell that a gun had been fired or just the glass breaking? What kind of officers don’t know the sound of a gun? My son was a good friend of Andrew’s and he said that he was a good guy and that he would do anything for anyone. Andrew needed help. He didn’t need to die.
Shocked@neighbors — really...and what if that had been you standing there trying to talk him down? would you have wanted that sniper to have waited just one more second? would you have wanted that officer to have told them to hold off, clearly this demented 16 yr old holding a loaded I repeat a loaded weapon pouring alcohol on curtain screaming he is going to kill his mother, he won’t kill you... so sad that people are forgetting such simple facts! these officers did what they were clearly trained to do.
Too tragic — I feel sorry for all involved. I can’t imagine the grief that the young man’s family and the officer who shot him are feeling. I think there are very serious questions to be asked about the way things were handled. This isn’t sheriff Garrison’s first flirtation with questionable handling of a sensitive situation.
Towner Lake Parent — I am dumbfounded by some of the comments people have made here. 1. Yes, this is Towne Lake and not a high crime area....its not Columbine because the boy was at home and not at a school. It could have just as easily been a school situation as a private residence. 2. The boy was on meds. We do not know what for. DO NOT assume it was for ADHD....DO NOT assume he was medicated wrongly.Only his Dr knows that.(and I am the mother of 2 ADHD children who greatly benefit from meds) 3. Do not blame the police for doing their job. Do you really think for one blessed moment the officer wanted to shot that boy???? 4. Someone commented that it only took 45 minutes and not all resources were exhausted....are you a police officer? Were you there and privy to EVERY conversation? The situation is tragic. It doesn’t matter if the person was 16 or 60. The police did their job. All you Monday morning quarterbacks need to pipe down. You don’t get to pass judgment.
Don’t threaten — Don’t threaten suicide, unless you wanted to be treated like a crazy lunatic. You brandish firearms and threaten to burn a house down, and bad things happen. He’ll get all the attention he was craving for now, I suppose.
Woodstock Granny — To all you folks you are so quick to indict the police officers, answer me this!!! Who is the person you call when there is a situation??? They are here to protect and serve!! You bleeding heart liberals and bed wetters are some of the biggest reasons this country is in the shape it’s in. A lot of you who made comments cannot even use good grammar!!! Good grief!!!
Jose jesus — Then why are they confused on weather the gun went off or he was just breaking the glass? Obviously they’re trying to hide something.
Nikko9876 — I live down the street from the Messina family and was there. We all appreciate the dangerous job law enforcement does to protect us. But this is Towne Lake and NOT a high crime area at all. He was a 16 year old child, upset and scared, and NOT Columbine. Hopefully all the facts will come out and appropriate assessment can be made...but any ways you look at it this was very tragic and also gross incompetence!
Unkn — I support law enforcement but not in this situation. This entire event took less than 45 minutes ending in the shooting of a troubled teen. The question I have is why would the officers get close enough to the teen and put themselves in harm’s way. The teen had no hostages and was threatening to burn down the house (after he got his dog out). Why didn’t the officers wait out the situation? By not securing the situation outside the house, the officers ended up in harm’s way, forcing the shooting of the troubled teen. Have to grade this standoff a failure for law enforcement.
Tlynno —The disgusting thing is a 16-year-old kid is lying in the morgue tonight. Last week in Gwinnett County police killed a suicidal man and then arrested his father for disorderly conduct as he grieved for his son. A couple years ago, Atlanta police killed a 90-year-old woman after they busted down her door on a no-knock warrant. Some of them went to jail for that one. It may have been hard for the sniper to pull the trigger, but I doubt it. Swat team members train to use special weapons to kill. When they get the chance they seem to be doing it whenever possible.