Breaking News! Shooting At Maryland High School Leaves 1 Dead
There have been 17 shootings in the US schools since the start of the year. This averages at about 1.5 shooting every week. CNN reports that at least one person at every shooting is hit by gunfire.
This isn’t happening in any other high income country.
Its not mental illness.
It’s not video games or movies.
It’s not single parenting.
It’s not the fault of law enforcement.
It’s the hundreds of millions of guns and too few gun laws. Full stop.
Great Mills High School pic.twitter.com/9Zvps4mSnj
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 20, 2018
In February alone, there were 7 shootings. 6 shooting occurred in March, and 4 in January. School shootings are starting to look like a trend, and the number of incidents is rising month after month.
New shooting in Maryland, 1 dead
Another shooting incident at a Maryland High School has left 1 person dead and 2 severely injured. The incident took place at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning. Student Austin Wyatt Rollins was identified as the shooter.
Here’s a look from the scene outside Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, which is currently on lockdown after a shooting at the school, St. Mary’s County Public Schools says https://t.co/O0tm9C2l8X pic.twitter.com/2dJ05pghF6
— CNN (@CNN) March 20, 2018
Rollins, armed with a handgun shot two students in a school hallway. Less than a minute after, school resource officer Blaine Gaskill arrived at the scene. The boy and Gaskil are reported to have fired their guns simultaneously. Rollins was hit.
LISTEN: Scanner audio from Great Mills High School shooting in St. Mary’s County, Maryland:
"I have one DOA (dead on arrival), one CPR, so we have two total patients." – first responder pic.twitter.com/D33uWy3cNt
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) March 20, 2018
Rollins was later pronounced dead. The 16-year-old female student shot was in critical condition at the time of the shooting, while the 14-year-old male student was stable. Sadly, she did not survive her injury.
Jonathan Freese, a student at Great Mills High School, says he’s currently on lockdown inside his math class. https://t.co/kHK10M95df
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) March 20, 2018
It is believed that Rollins was once romantically associated with the female student, and the shooting may be a crime of passion.
More clamor for gun control
This latest shooting has increased the clamor for stricter gun control.
Thoughts and prayers to those at Great Mills High School. I ask all Americans to not talk about gun control today. It’s too soon and not the time. All we can do is offer thoughts and prayers.
— Donald J. Trump (@realdonalbtrump) March 20, 2018
Student activist Adam Alhanti tweeted this after the incident.
The words School & Shooting should not be next to each other. Headlines like this should not have to be typed up every week. All of these incidents have one thing in common. My thoughts are with Maryland right now
March for Our Lives
Students in the US are still moving forward with their plans for the “March for Our Lives”. Thousands of learners have signed up for the protests in states across the US.
This was six days ago. Today, a shooting reported at Great Mills High School. https://t.co/plIuP5gUSk
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) March 20, 2018
The march is scheduled to take place on March 24 and is calling President Trump and US Congress to take urgent action on gun control in the US.
Recently, Barron Trump’s school, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland signed an open letter calling President Trump to tackle the gun problem in America head-on.