A prayer service outside Perry Hall High School Tuesday morning focused on forgiveness, faith and community.
The student-organized congregation gathered around the flag pole near the main entrance, less than 24 hours after a student shooting in the school's cafeteria.
"Praise be to God as we deal with the storms in this life. He is just as good now as He is in happy times. I think that's something we need to remember here," said senior Connor Porter, who spoke during portion of the service. "We can blame this on God, or we can turn to him for help. Considering we aren't quite as wise as God is, I think we should turn to Him for help."
Many wore shirts that read "Pray for Daniel," in honor of the 17-year-old shooting victim, and "Team Wasmer," in honor of guidance counselor Jesse Wasmer, who witnesses say intervened and stopped the attack.
Michelle Cody, the school's National Honor Society president, helped organize the event and publicized it on Facebook.
"God tells us to love our friends and people who we like, but he also tells us to love those who hurt us ... My prayer is as you interact with your friends and talk about what has happened, you remember what God has done for you, and take his love with you and share it with others," Pusateri said before leading a group prayer, which mentioned several members of the school community by name.
"Show Jesus' love to those in your life, even to those who cause so much hurt," he said.
Charles Herndon, a Baltimore County Public Schools spokesperson, urged media to stay off of school grounds after the service.
"We're trying to keep the school day as normal as possible," Herndon said.