Great Mills Shooting Draws Attention to Montgomery County School Security

As school and police officials weigh the aftermath of a shooting at a St. Mary’s high school, local school officials are considering greater security at Montgomery County schools.

News reports say a Great Mills High School student opened fire Tuesday morning, injuring two other students, a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. WUSA9 reported that an armed school resource officer returned fire and killed the gunman. The gunman’s victims were reported as stabilized or in good condition by NBCWashington.

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith said last week that county schools would focus on staffing and physical needs of schools to increase security.

The Great Mills High School shooting comes only days before thousands of people are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., and other cities in a march against gun violence. That march was organized in the wake of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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