Early Tuesday morning, a seventeen-year-old boy brought a gun to school, bent on death and destruction, but thanks to the bravery and quick action taken by a resource officer on campus, the shooter was stopped in his tracks.
The officer — who was armed — used his gun to protect the students attending the school, shooting the suspect and killing him. The shooter — Austin Rollins — wounded two teenagers, one is still in critical condition, the other is stable.
These kids and many more are alive today thanks to Deputy Blaine Gaskill.
Via Blue Lives Matter:
St. Mary’s County, MD – The 17-year-old gunman is dead, and two other students are wounded, after an early morning shooting at a St. Mary’s County high school.
Authorities have said that the school resource officer on duty at Great Mills High School engaged the shooter and stopped the threat, preventing additional loss of life.
“School Resource Officer Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill immediately responded and engaged the shooter,” St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
“He fired at the shooter and, almost simultaneously, the shooter fired,” Sheriff Cameron said.
The sheriff identified the gunman as a student named Austin Wyatt Rollins, and said that he had opened fire with a Glock semi-automatic handgun just before 8 a.m. in Hallway F at the high school.
Police said that Rollins shot a 16-year-old female student and a 14-year-old male student before Deputy Gaskill fired the shot that stopped his rampage.
According to the sheriff, less than a minute passed from the first shot until Gaskin was able to neutralize the threat, a testament to the man’s bravery, quick thinking, and willingness to do what needed to be done to keep safe those who were entrusted to him.
This is how the Parkland, Florida shooting should’ve played out, had the resource officer possessed the fortitude of Gaskin and actually carried out his duty to serve and protect.
Armed guards are becoming more of a necessity to protect our kids in school, and it’s far better to keep good guys with guns in places like schools than to toss out our Second Amendment rights.
REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN PRAISED THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER:
Reporter: "Do you think the way the [SRO] responded in this case should be an example for school districts across the country?"
MD Gov. Larry Hogan: "We are just getting the facts…this is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly & took the right kind of action." pic.twitter.com/z8xxLOC1xT
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 20, 2018
“THIS IS A TOUGH GUY WHO APPARENTLY CLOSED IN VERY QUICKLY AND TOOK THE RIGHT KIND OF ACTION”