BALTIMORE (AP) – A special education assistant at a Baltimore High School was injured by a gunfire on Friday after confronting an armed welcoming attempt to enter the scattered building. Officials jumped into the lock mode as the sound of shots due to the building filled with students.
A 25-year-old man entered the Frederick Douglass High School lobby at noon and entered a sort of argument with the employee as he was serving as a hall monitor, according to researchers. The police said they would release his name when he had been charged and treated.
The 56-year-old school worker was shot in the lower torso. Baltimore City Public Schools said he was shot by a student of a student.
Authorities credited the school police quick action, which quickly arrested and disarmed the shooter. All students and other employees were safe, but the experience of gun violence in their school lobby was traumatic. Students said they were locking for about an hour before being escorted.
"I'm not going to lie: I was scared first. All I heard was fighting and shooting at the doors, and then we went on lockdown," said Kairon Slay, a 14-year-old ninth, when he joined several classmates in a mall across the street from his high school, now cut off with yellow police tape.
There was a high school meeting when the intruder went in, and one thought the man wanted to confront a person inside, said police colleague Byron Conaway at Baltimore at a press conference.
The injured halmonitor and special education assistant, which the students said were also an athletic trainer, were in serious but stable condition. The authorities have not deleted their name.
"In a city where violence is present, our schools must be ports of security and peace where confrontation and weapons have no place. I can tell you that both our officials and our injured member did everything to ensure our students, "said Baltimore City Public School's CEO Sonja Santelises.
Mar Matthews, an 18-year-old senior, said metal detectors at the school's main entrance were generally disabled after classes begin for the day. "They don't keep these things all day," he said.
A number of parents said they were concerned that administrators did not inform them of the shooting incident even after their children were escorted out of the building. 19659002] "We haven't heard anything from the school. We only learned about shooting from a cousin who works for the school system." A message would have been nice, "said Keith Young, an injury adjuster who rushed through the traffic to retrieve his steps, Terrence, a 10th degree.
Sgt Clyde Boatwright, president of the Baltimore School Police Association, said that there was no one to tell what the gunman might have done if an unarmed law enforcement officer and two unarmed officers were not nearby when the violence broke out, he criticized a recent unanimous vote by Baltimore's school board who rejected firearms for the school's resource officers posted in urban schools.
"My question is: How does the 10-0 vote now?" Boatwright asked outside the school.
It is far from clear that armed officers in schools make students and staff more secure. press review last year suggested that adding more officials and armed guards or armed teachers would almost certainly have unintended consequences.
The year's mass shooter at a high school in Florida heard an armed school resource officer attacker shot, but did not & # 39; Don't run in and try to stop the attack.
Also last year fired a school resource officer in Maryland's St. Mary's County to a student gunman after killing 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey before killing him. Officials said the law enforcement officer reacted immediately and fired a shot that hit the gun in the teen's hand, just as he shot himself in the head.