Great Mills Shooting Leads to War of Words on State School Safety Policy

By Bruce DePuyt

Hours after a shooting at a Southern Maryland school Tuesday, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) faulted the General Assembly for not moving more quickly on school safety legislation he submitted recently. Legislative leaders and others quickly protested, accusing the first-term governor of politicizing a tragedy.

Hogan appeared alongside local officials and members of Congress in St. Mary’s County, after a 17-year-old shot two other students inside Great Mills High School. The gunman, identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, died at the scene, though it wasn’t immediately known whether he was killed by a sheriff’s deputy serving as a school resource officer or whether he took his own life. The other students remain hospitalized.