• Breanna Johns

School shooting unexpectedly occurs in Maryland

On March, 20, 2018, an armed student at Great Mills High School in Maryland shot two students: a 14-year-old male, who is in stable condition, and a 16-year-old female, who is in critical condition.

According to NBC Washington, “Information was not available immediately on the relationship between the students.” The motive of the armed student is not yet clear.

“The sheriff said the school resource officer engaged the shooter and ended the threat, which occurred in a hallway just before classes began. The officer fired a round at the shooter, and the shooter fired a round as well," St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.

The officer was unharmed in the engagement with the armed student, who was later pronounced dead from the engagement.

The school went into lockdown for a short period of time. During that time, students were evacuated from the high school to a reunification center at a nearby high school.

According to CBS News, “The county sheriff said deputies were on the scene and told parents or guardians to stay away, urging them to go instead to Leonardtown High School to reunite with Great Mills students there. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tweeted that its agents are going to the scene. FBI agents were also responding to the school.”

"On this day we realized our worst nightmare," Cameron said. "The notion of 'it can't happen here' is no longer a notion."