“Two students were critically injured and a gunman died in a shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland Tuesday morning as classes began,” washingtonpost.com reports. “The shooter was a student at the school.” According to nydailynews.com, “A school resource officer took down the unidentified shooter after exchanging gunfire inside the school.” And here’s the surprising (or not) bit: the school had ample warning . . .
Parents at the school became worried after a Feb. 20 Snapchat post that warned students of a possible shooting.
In response to the threat, the principal — Jake Heibel — sent a message to parents and told of a report of a student in a hallway mentioning a shooting. He said it had been investigated and “the threat was not substantiated.”
The school held a public meeting earlier this month to discuss the threat, he said.
Here’s the letter Principal Heibel sent out prior to the meeting and subsequent shooting, as reported by thebaynet.com on February 21:
Good Morning Great Mills High School Parent/Guardian,
Yesterday we received a report that a student in the hallway during transitions overheard two students mention “shooting” and “school”. We interviewed the student with our SRO, viewed video, interviewed other students, and contacted central office. The threat was not substantiated. Late last night, additional information was circulated quite extensively on social media about a potential threat at school today.
Law enforcement was contacted and an investigation was conducted, which included interviews with students and parents to determine the validity of the potential threat. The threat to Great Mills High School has not been validated at this time. However, we will have additional security today and we will continue to investigate the source of the postings. Also, continue your vigilance and alert us to any information you may encounter. If you see something, say something.
Tomorrow, students will have the opportunity to discuss school safety during One Lunch. I am very proud of our students and appreciate their vigilance and willingness to notify adults if they see something that concerns them.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Dr. Jake Heibel
I’m guessing the School Resource Officer was brought in after the threat. We shall see.
In any case, a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun after good guys without guns failed to stop a previously identified bad guy initiating an armed attack. And yet the “we need gun control” outrage is already percolating in the mass media.