Remember in high school or even elementary school when after 2 months of summer vacation the excitement of going back to school would start to kick in? All the buildup starting from getting school supplies, back to school shopping, and that fresh haircut/new hair-do.
Every single one of us always imagined how the first day was and we all would hope that our friends would end up in majority of our classes. The average student would never think of their first day back would be like what occurred at Perry Hall High School of Maryland earlier today.
According to authorities, at about 10:45am a 15-year-old boy opened fire in a cafeteria and got off two shots before teachers reacted swiftly by rushing towards the student and restrained him. One student, a 17-year-old was wounded but the Baltimore Police Chief stated that he does not believe that he was an intended target. Students were sent to a close by middle school and shopping center.
Councilman David Marks, who lives by the school stated:
“This is a very comfortable, very safe community, and it’s an excellent high school,” said Marks, who graduated from Perry Hall. “I think this is an aberration, but clearly one that is horrifying, particularly on the first day of school.”
As confusion and rumors went around as to what exactly happened, students started to text and tweet to gather more information. Worried parents later on rushed to where the students were dispersed to pick up their children.
All I can say is no one in that school will forget this first day of school for the rest of their lives. The question that comes in is how that child managed to get a gun into the school. Aren’t all schools supposed to have metal detectors at every entrance of the building? Or maybe because the community was profiled as safe so no one ever imagined something of this nature would happen.
No matter where you live, every high school should have precautions and be equipped to prevent events from happening like this. If it weren’t for the brave teachers who took quick actions, the headline for this article would have been worse than it is now.
What has happened to this generation of kids? Settling a score with someone has to lead to using deadly weapons? What happened to the good old days when you had a problem with someone you used your fists to take care of business? Now I’m not condoling violence but we are lacking people skills more and more and something should be done about it.