On Tuesday at a high school in southern Maryland, a student brought a handgun to school and opened fire. Authorities said that the student injured two students before an armed school resources officer intervened.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron confirmed that the gunman was killed, but it is unclear if the school officer fired the fatal shot or if the gunman killed himself.
Just before classes were scheduled to start at Great Mills High, the gunman opened fire. Great Mills High is a 1,600-student school 65 miles south of Washington, D.C.
Cameron said the gunman shot and wounded a female student in a hallway, and he also hit a male student.
Cameron said, “Our school resource officer was alerted to the events. He engaged the shooter and fired a round, subsequently the shooter fired a round as well.”
The female student has been hospitalized. and is in critical condition. The male student is in stable condition. Cameron also added that the resource officer was not injured.
Cameron continued, “This is what we prepare for, this is what we pray we will never have to do. The notion that this can’t happen here is no longer a notion.”
The shooting occurred less than a week after several Great Mills students joined tens of thousands of students across the nation in a walkout to protest gun violence. The walkout was initiated by survivors of the Valentine’s Day tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Jaclyn Corin tweeted, “Less than a WEEK ago Great Mills High School students walked out with us to protest gun violence…now they’re experiencing it for themselves. The state of our country is disgusting – I’m so sorry, Great Mills.”
Emma González tweeted, “We are Here for you, students of Great Mills together we can stop this from ever happening again.”
Less than a month ago, Great Mills High School Principal Jake Heibel told parents that officials had investigated threats of a possible shooting. Heibel told parents that law enforcement was contacted, and the threat was “not validated.”
The school was placed on lockdown immediately following the shooting. In a statement on Twitter, the school said, “There has been a shooting at Great Mills High School,” the school district said in a statement on its website. “The school is on lockdown (and) the event is contained. The Sheriff’s office is on the scene, additional information to follow.”
Dozens of law enforcement vehicles surrounded the school on a cold, rainy day. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office urged parents to gather at another school in the county to reunite with their children.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms said special agents from Baltimore and Hyattsville joined the investigation. Gov. Larry Hogan said State Police were ready to provide support and that his office was monitoring the situation. He said, “Our prayers are with students, school personnel, and first responders.”
According to Cameron, authorities are reviewing social media posts to determine if the students involved in the shooting had been involved in any online altercations. He suggested that no one jump to conclusions until the investigation is completed.
He explained, “We are a very tight-knit community. So now what I would ask our community to do is pray for the victims.”
Jill Morris, president of the county education association, called the shooting “devastating” for the school’s students.
She said, “We are resolved to provide all the support and comfort we can to our colleagues and neighbors … while we work together toward a day when no school community ever has to experience this type of tragedy.”
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