Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Great Mills High School and officials planned several activities to remember the victim and support surviving students.
On Mar. 20, 2018, a school resource officer at Great Mills exchanged gunfire with a 17-year-old student gunman after he shot two other students.
Sixteen-year-old Jaelynn Willey, who police said had previously been in a relationship with the gunman, was shot and killed. Fourteen-year-old Desmond Barnes was also shot but survived his injuries.
Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill confronted the gunman less than a minute after the shooting began. Gaskill fired at him, hitting his gun at the same time the shooter took his own life.
Great Mills held a moment of reflection at the start of the school day and a moment of closure at the end, reports WTOP. Counseling services, including comfort dogs, were available to students throughout the day. Special activities, such as poster-making and memory book writing, were also offered during lunch.