ARMED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS SHOOTS AND KILLS GUNMAN IN GREAT MILLS HIGH SCHOOL IN MARYLAND
A 17-year-old male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning before a school resource officer engaged him and stopped the threat, according to St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
The incident began in a school hallway at 7:55 a.m., just before classes started. Authorities say Austin Wyatt Rollins, armed with a handgun, shot a female and a male student. The shooter had a prior relationship with the female student, Cameron said.
School resource officer Blaine Gaskill responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said. Gaskill fired a round at the shooter, and the shooter fired a round simultaneously, Cameron said.
Austin Wyatt Rollins was later pronounced dead. Gaskill was unharmed. The 16-year-old female student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old male student who was shot is in stable condition. They were taken to separate hospitals in D.C. where the shooter died at 10:41 a.m.
Cameron said he was not sure if Gaskill’s bullet hit the suspect, but he praised the officer’s quick response to the situation.
The ATF and FBI are investigating the incident which came just days after threats were made on Snapchat against the school. The sheriff’s department reportedly investigated the threat but did not determine it to be authentic.
Agents from the FBI in southern MD are on scene assisting @firstsheriff at Great Mills High School in Saint Mary’s County. Evidence Response Team is on standby.
THIS IS WHAT WE TRAIN FOR, ….WHAT WE PREPARE FOR…
“This is what we train for, this is what we prepare for, and this is what we pray that we never have to do. On this day, we realized our worst nightmare,” Cameron said.
“The notion of ‘it can’t happen here’ is no longer a notion.”
The school was on lockdown for a brief time, and students were evacuated from Great Mills High School to a reunification center at a nearby high school, the school system said.
Quick thinking student Jonathan Freese called CNN from his cell phone during lockdown in math class, telling the network “I’m still a little shaken up.”
Freese said the school had held drills a couple of times for this kind of situation.
“I didn’t really expect for this to happen. I do always feel safe, though, because they always have police at the school,” he said. –CNN
School busses were used to transport students to a neighboring school to be reunited with their parents.
Great Mills High School is in Great Mills, Maryland, about 70 miles southeast of Washington. It has more than 1,500 students, about 56% of them minority students, and its four-year graduation rate is 91%, according to the school’s 2015-16 improvement plan.
Al Murray shot video of police responding to the shooting at the high school Tuesday. He says he saw at least one officer run into the building with a shotgun or rifle.
The shooting comes a week after Great Mills High School students staged a walk-out to protest gun violence in the wake of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida which was not stopped by the school’s resource officer, Scot Peterson.
TWO SCHOOLS – TWO VERY DIFFERENT ENDINGS
It’s obvious. Two schools one in Maryland, one in Florida. Two resource officers. One armed and engaged the shooter. One did not engage the shooter and stood outside. Two similar scenarios and two different endings.
Now you tell me, which school would you rather have your kids attend? One WITH an armed resource officer or one with a resource officer unarmed and standing outside?
It’s clear to many we need school safety reforms. It’s clear we need to support teachers that are trained and armed. It’s also clear we need to get rid of the Gun-free School Zones Act of 1990. Gun-free school zones and signs are just invitations to criminals with guns. It’s time we got rid of the signs and made a real difference in the safety of our school children in the future. President Trump agrees.
When it comes to gun-free school zones, President Trump has repeatedly called for arming teachers following the Parkland incident as a means to safeguard students against future mass shootings.
As Trump said, gun-free schools are just an invitation for these crazy people too just come in and shoot.
As you can see there is a big difference between what happened in Maryland at a school where there were guns inside and a highly trained professional and what happened in Florida where there were people outside, and under pressure acted as cowards.
It’s time to abolish gun-free school zones. It’s time for real change when it comes to the safety of our school children. It’s time for the good guys to stop the bad guys.
Resources: Zero Hedge, News4Jax