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Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said that his 18-year-old son was robbed on the campus of Morehouse College. (Photo from Facebook) Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said that his 18-year-old son was robbed on the campus of Morehouse College. (Photo from Facebook)
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -

A disturbing first day of school for one Morehouse College student has turned into a wake-up call for one of Atlanta's elected officials.

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said that his 18-year-old son was ambushed by armed thugs on Thursday. The crooks stole the freshman's cell phone.

It was the freshman's first day on campus. He'd just finished band practice and was standing outside a building on Joseph Lowery Boulevard around 9 p.m.  when he was attacked. He was not injured and returned to practice on Friday, but his father is still on edge.

Eaves posted his frustrations about the robbery and urban crime on his Facebook page. The post read, in part:

"Right now I am experiencing a wide range of emotions...I am relieved and thankful that my first born is still with me, but I am also angry…and concerned. I am not very optimistic about the future of our community, especially when you look at the status of African American males. Too many African American boys have access to guns, too many of them drop out of high school, too many of them are in prison, and too many of them place little value on the lives of others.

I hope we will begin to change the dialogue of what OTHERS are doing to us and our communities, but we must focus on what WE can do to change the pathological self-destructive behavior that is occurring within OUR own communities."


Eaves talked more about his outrage with FOX 5's Portia Bruner on Friday.

"I'm very, very concerned that I've been fighting against and trying to resolve and reform has come at my own door step in terms of my own son being a victim of crime," Eaves said. "We have too many young men who don't place a value on other people's lives. I think that we all know that there's a problem."

Eaves is a second-generation Morehouse College graduate. Despite what happened to his son, he said he has no reservations about leaving his son enrolled in the college. He said he does have a message for parents and students at all of Atlanta's universities.

"The fact is college students can become prey for criminal element if they are not savvy, if they're not mindful and if they're not aware," said Eaves. "Do all that you can, be the best that you can, but also be mindful of there are some criminal activity elements that are out there.

Morehouse College and Atlanta police are investigating the crime. They've stepped up patrols in the area and urged students to travel in groups.

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