Kirsters Baish| It has just been reported that authorities have responded to a shooting at Great Mills High School located in Maryland this morning. This information was provided by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office also stated to the public that the incident has been contained at this point. The school was briefly on lockdown, however, students are now being evacuated from the school property and are being taken to a reunification center at a neighboring high school.
An FBI spokesman who works for the FBI’s Baltimore field office explained that FBI agents are at the scene where the incident occurred. ATF special agents from the Baltimore field office are also at the scene. This information was tweeted out by the office.
A student at Great Mills named Jonathan Freese called CNN from him cell phone during the time that he was in lockdown in his math classroom. Police were entering the classrooms in order to clear the school, according to Freese.
He stated, “I’m still a little shaken up.”
The student explained that the school had conducted drills a few times before just in case this kind of situation were to occur.
The student stated, “I didn’t really expect for this to happen. I do always feel safe, though, because they always have police at the school.”
CNN reported that according to their research, there have been 16 confirmed school shootings this year so far in our country before today. Great Mills High School has a little more than 1,500 students. Roughly 56% of these students are minorities. The four year graduation rate of the school sits at around 91% according to the school’s 2015-2016 improvement plan.
Students who attend the Maryland high school participated in a student led protest against school violence in the form of a walkout. This came in the aftermath of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
A video was shot by Al Murray which showed police responding to the scene after reports of the shooting were made. He stated that he saw multiple officers run into the school with guns drawn.
It was reported that the suspect is among three injured.
This story is still developing and we will be updating you with details as they are released.