UPDATE: The shooter, now deceased has been identified as 17-year old Austin Wyatt Rollins, a student at the school.
March 20, 2018 Police in Maryland confirmed that a shooter that opened fire in a hallway inside Great Mills High School Tuesday morning is dead. Two students at the high school, one male and one female were critically wounded in the shooting.
St. Mary County Sheriff Tim Cameron said the school resource officer engaged the shooter, who was a student at the school and ended the threat, and the shooter was pronounced dead. A male student was transported to a local hospital is listed in stable condition and a female student is in critical condition.
The school resource officer exchanged gunfire with the shooter, but the officer was not injured.
On February 20, Southern Maryland News Source theBaynet.com reported that some parents of students at Great Mills High School expressed concerns over a Snapchat post warning students of a possible shooting planned to take place in the upcoming days.
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson confirmed to TheBayNet.com that the Special Operations Division was investigating the origin of the threat and that there would be a greater police presence to ensure the safety of the students.
In 2014, Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County was placed on lockdown for a short time after a phone threat. Police later determined the threat was unsubstantiated. After making a bomb threat to Great Mills High School in 2010, a 15 year old girl was arrested and charged with making a False Statement of a Destructive Device and Disturbing School Operations.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."