Unlike deputies at the Parkland shooting, the school resource officer in St. Mary’s County may have saved lives.
The behavior of a school resource officer during a Maryland shooting contrasts with the behavior of several deputies in Broward County so much that even a mainstream news source is acknowledging it. In fact, not only does their behavior differ but so do the results. The body count in Broward County was seventeen, plus the injured. The count in Maryland was zero with only two injured.
A good man with a gun is a blessing!
The Baltimore Sun reports, “‘He may have saved other people’s lives’: Deputy praised for response after shooting at Maryland high school.”
As school systems across the country debate arming staff, Gov. Larry Hogan and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff praised the actions of the school resource officer who fired at a gunman at Great Mills High School.
“He responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond,” said Sheriff Tim Cameron of school resource officer Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill. Police said Austin Rollins, 17, shot at two other students who were injured. Gaskill fired at Rollins, who almost simultaneously fired back with a handgun, Cameron said. Gaskill was not injured during the incident, which unfolded in less than a minute.
“While it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives,” Hogan said of Gaskill.
Police said a 16-year-old girl is in critical condition and a 14-year-old boy is in good condition at local hospitals.
“It looks like the SRO did exactly what the SRO was trained to do,” said St. Mary’s Schools Superintendent James Scott Smith at a news conference Tuesday.
The officer’s actions contrast those of Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scot Peterson assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were shot and killed last month.
The Florida sheriff’s office said the officer was armed but stayed outside the building, even though the policy requires deputies to attempt to stop shootings and help victims.
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