Experiencing a shooting attack is a nerve racking experience but that didn’t stop Perry Hall High School students from returning to classes just one day after a shooting rocked the schools community.
Students, many of whom would normally arrive on their own accord were driven by parents. According to the Baltimore Sun traffic was backed up for blocks and in some cases parents walked their teenage children to class.
Many students wore shirts that read “Pray for Daniel” in support of shot student Daniel Borowy who remains in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
At least several students said their parents wanted them to stay home but they chose to return in honor of their injured friend and to offer support to one another during a difficult time.
Following the shooting U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offered his support to the students of Perry Hall:
“Gun violence has no place anywhere, least of all in our nation’s schools,” Duncan said. “I’d like to thank the local educators and law enforcement personnel who took action to help prevent additional students from getting hurt.”
The Huffington Post points to a touching moment between students:
“Before entering the school Tuesday morning, hundreds of students and community members encircled the school’s flagpole, hand-in-hand, with heads bowed praying for Daniel, the 17-year-old special education student wounded in the shooting, WBAL reports.”
In the meantime 15-year-old student Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr. has been charged for the shooting, he is being held on attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.