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Students at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore, Maryland were startled during lunch time on Monday by gunshots. Following just weeks after the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin and about a month after the movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, this is the third shooting in the span of just two months.
One 15-year-old student aimed a gun at a 17-year-old student at random and opened fire. The victim was sent to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was placed in critical condition. The shooter's identity has not been released but students confirm that had been bullied in the past and had posted on facebook that today was the "first day of school, last day of my life".
Photo from New York Daily News
A sophomore at Perry Hall who spoke with The Baltimore Sun heard the shots and turned to see the shooter with a gun pointed at the lunch table. Others claim the sound reminded them of a door slamming or a bag of chips popping. Students began running, ducking under tables, and even throwing food towards the shooter. The guidance counselor then pinned the shooter against a vending machine as teachers evacuted students and the secratary warned "code red" over the intercom.
In 2010, Perry Hall was voted one of America's Best High Schools by Newsweek and 2,300 kids are enrolled there. Needless to say, they did not experience a good first day back after summer vacation. One freshman expressed what all were thinking by stating "you never think that would happen at your school".
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