This morning I watched the neighborhood children standing on the corner, waiting for the bus. It was the first day of school in Baltimore County. I then made my way up to the shop to print shipping labels and package orders to get them ready in time for the mailman to pick up so that I wouldn't need to make a run to the Post Office.
I received a phone call from an old friend who was at work and had been told by one of his co-workers that there had been a shooting at a Baltimore County school. He called to ask me if I had the tv on...he wanted to know which school. His wife is a teacher at one of the local elementary schools...he needed to know she was safe. I flipped the television on and found that there had been a shooting at one of the local high schools...one within several miles of my home. My girls didn't attend Perry Hall High School but several nieces and nephews did graduated from this top rated school.
A 15 year old boy went into the cafeteria, with a sawed off shotgun under his shirt. He shot a 17 year old student who is still in critical condition at Shock Trama. Comments by reporters said the shooter had posted on Facebook in the morning that this would be his last day on earth. Thank goodness for a courageous guidance counselor, a former student from this school, who tackled the shooter before he could fire at any of the other students in the cafeteria. The shooter is in custody. Still many questions to be answered.
I know it is what any of us would think...I didn't believe a senseless act of violence like this would happen our neighborhood schools. It has shaken me to the core...I can only imagine what the parents of all the students were going through as they headed to the school to find their children and knowing only that there had been a shooting on this first day of school. Praying tonight the victim will recover. And praying for the families of both the victim and the shooter.
I also a want to thank the brave young man, who without thinking of his own safety, stopped what could have been another Columbine.
Thank you Jesse Wasmer
Guidance Counselor Lauded As Hero