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‘Wake Up Call': Maryland County Returns Police to Schools After Shooting

Added 01-26-22 07:20:04pm EST - “Maryland's Montgomery County became the latest Democrat-run jurisdiction to reverse its decision to remove police officers from schools after it suffered the first school shooting in the county's history last week, in which a 15-year-old…” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “'Wake Up Call': Maryland County Returns Police to Schools After Shooting - Washington Free Beacon”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

First school shooting in Montgomery County history follows vote to remove police from school buildings

Maryland's Montgomery County became the latest Democrat-run jurisdiction to reverse its decision to remove police officers from schools after it suffered the first school shooting in the county's history last week, in which a 15-year-old boy was shot last Friday by a classmate.

The district announced on Monday after the shooting that police would temporarily return to every high school in the county, a reversal of a March 2021 decision by county lawmakers to yank funding from its longstanding School Resource Officer program. The lawmakers voted to replace in-school law enforcement with mental health resources, including 50 new social workers and 40 restorative justice training sessions in the county. The shift was designed to keep students "safe, holistically," according to Montgomery councilman Will Jawando.

But the mental health measures proved ineffective last Friday, when 17-year-old Steven Alston Jr. shot his classmate in a school bathroom at Magruder High School. Law enforcement wasn't notified about the shooting until the victim was discovered between class periods and brought to the school nurse. When police arrived at the school, they found the shooter in a classroom with his gun, which he had disassembled, and a magazine holding nine rounds of ammunition. The shooter's classmate remains in the hospital in critical condition.

"This was deeply felt across the entire system—and it was a wake up call on a number of different levels," Montgomery councilman Gabe Albornoz, a Democrat, told the Washington Free Beacon. "This was the first time there had been a gun incident where a gun was fired within a school during the school day in the history of our school system."

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