Just over a month after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, another deadly tragedy was prevented by the school resource officer at a Maryland high school. On March 20th around 8:00 a.m. ET, an armed gunman entered Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County and injured two students before engaging the school’s resource officer who fatally shot the suspected shooter moments later. At this time, the gunman is the only known fatality that occurred as a result of the shooting, and two injured students are currently hospitalized for their injuries. Last month, the school’s principal told parents that the school had investigated several threats made to cause harm to students, but said the threats were “not substantiated.”
As the debate over how to address violence in American schools, the decision to place armed teachers/armed security in schools is a controversial issue. Many politicians and school administrators and teachers across the United States have expressed concerns and reservations about putting guns in American schools However, the decision made by administrators at Great Mills High School to add armed security personnel prevented a terrible event from escalating into a deadly massacre.
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