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Superintendent Experienced School Shooting as Student

Superintendent S. Dallas Dance shares his own feelings of being a student at the scene of a school shooting.

In 1998, a teacher was shot after a student opened fire following a dispute with a schoolmate at Armstrong High School in Richmond, VA.

At the time, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance was a senior at the school.

"You always expect school to be a safe environment ... it was scary," Dance said. "School is a sacred environment ... but you're not immune to this."

In a chilling twist of fate, Dance was on the first day of the new school year—his first as superintendent—when a student allegedly opened fire at Perry Hall High School's cafeteria.

"As a leader, it's a totally different perspective," Dance said. "You have to make sure the students are OK; you have to make sure the lines of communication are open."

The superintendent added that he was impressed with the how the staff at Perry Hall High School, especially , handled the situation.

"They did a good job," he said "Now we're looking at the next stage of school."

Dance spoke with the parents of , the special needs student who was critically injured in the shooting, on Wednesday.

"They're doing pretty good," he said.

And though there is currently no immediate threat at Perry Hall, there are still

"We'll keep it there for as long as the school needs it ... until they feel safe," he said.

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Kim Ruark September 01, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Wow! This is the only place, even as a BCPS employee, I've heard this... He seems genuinely interested interested in everyone's best interest throughout the county, students, teachers, administrators, parents, community.
Hootl Bigoottle September 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
He experienced it as a student? When? 6 months ago??? The guy is 19 years old or something. He's too young to even know who Brittany Spears is. Poor guy.
Joe September 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
It is not just kids doing these school shooting, some liberal college professors do it to. Former college professor pleads guilty to attempted murder charge "Amy Bishop Anderson -- the professor accused of shooting six of her colleagues, killing three -- pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges on Tuesday and agreed to plead guilty to a capital murder charge in two weeks. Appearing in Madison County Circuit Court, Bishop Anderson accepted an agreement with the state and pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted murder. She also faces one count of capital murder." http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/11/justice/alabama-college-shooting/index.html
Joe September 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
"The Concordia University massacre was a school shooting on August 24, 1992 in which Dr. Valery I. Fabrikant, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, killed four colleagues and wounded a staff member at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordia_University_massacre

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