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Howard County Police React to Perry Hall Shooting: An 'Isolated' Incident

Police said nothing would change after Perry Hall shooting.

After a was reported Monday morning, Howard County police said officers assigned to schools are proceeding as usual. 

“The police department has been in touch with the security team at the school system today,” Sherry Llewellyn, spokeswoman for Howard County Police Department (HCPD), told Patch. "We will not be changing...standard operating procedures as a result of this morning’s incident, as it appears to be isolated."

in the back at  on the first day of school.

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At Perry Hall High, a school resource officer was present and two teachers were able to overpower the gunman, officials said.

The school was evacuated, the wounded student was flown by helicopter for medical treatment and police reportedly had a suspect in custody Monday afternoon.

In Howard County, a police officer is assigned to each of the 12 high schools within the Howard County Public School System, said Llewellyn. “Our [officers] will continue to be in the schools, all day, every day, monitoring activity,” said Llewellyn.

HCPD said it does not screen students for weapons.

The Board of Education adopted a policy as of July 2012 that bans all weapons on school campuses, defining weapons as guns, firearms, martial arts weapons (e.g., nunchucks and throwing stars), chemical spray, poison, knives, tasers, explosive devices and "any implement, visible or concealed, possessed under a circumstance that would reasonably lead a person to believe it was a weapon or would be used as a weapon."

According to the policy, the penalty for violating the rule is expulsion for one year.

Lillian Lowery, Maryland State Schools Superintendent, was in Annapolis when she learned about the Perry Hall shooting from a reporter.

"We send our students to school to be safe and this is a horrible way to start a school year," Lowery . 

At least one episode of school violence made headlines in Howard County last year.

A fight outside in Columbia was captured in a online. One individual involved in the Long Reach fight, who was not a student, is .

Annapolis Patch Editor Anna Staver and Perry Hall Patch Editor Emily Kimball contributed to this report.

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Brook Hubbard August 28, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Increasing in frequency? When was the last school shooting in Maryland? The only record I can find in over 50 years was the 2004 Randallstown shooting. Two shootings in that period of time does not seem like an increase in frequency. Especially considering the disparate nature of Randallstown versus Perry Hall.
Jim Corcoran August 28, 2012 at 02:42 PM
A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate. Vending machines were replaced with water coolers; hamburgers and French fries were taken off the menu and replaced with fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grain breads and a salad bar. With the departure of junk food, she also saw the departure of vandalism, litter and the need for police patrolling her hallways. The students were calm, socially engaged and focused on their schoolwork. Problems were minimal. And all Ms. Coenen did was change the menu! Please watch "Forks Over Knives" for FREE to learn about the implications of a meat-based diet vs a plant-based diet. Go to http://www.hulu.com/watch/279734 and do yourself and your family a favor!
Hell on Earth August 28, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Haha Come on Jim when will we ever be responsible for the choices that we make. We always make excuses it was the music he listend to, the food he ate. Take responsibility for you own actions.
Brook Hubbard August 28, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Just in case you forgot, homo sapiens is an omnivore species. Eating nothing but vegetables and fruit is no more appropriate than eating fast food and junk. Certainly, we should be encouraging a healthy diet... but meat is healthy when eaten in the right preparations and portions.
Jessica N Heilmann August 28, 2012 at 08:32 PM
"Guns don't kill people, people kill people"

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