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Principal: 'Sense of Normalcy' to Return to Perry Hall High

Principal George Roberts held a press conference Tuesday morning.

Perry Hall High School was returning to a "sense of normalcy" Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after a left one 17-year-old student critically injured, Principal George Roberts told reporters.

Standing in a wooded area between the school and Ebenezer Road, Roberts said staff members were careful to ensure the school day was "very structured."

To facilitate the "healing process," Roberts said trauma counselors were available for students and staff and that a community meeting would likely be held in the coming week.

Most students, he said, were back in class and for the most part, instructors were teaching lessons. Roberts said information on attendance was not yet available. Plans to hold regular classes on Tuesday were Monday evening.

A was held Tuesday morning, and Roberts said that several students have approached him about additional memorial activities.

"What we know about children is that they want to help—they want to take control of the situation," Roberts said.

Roberts said he was visiting a technology class at the time of the shooting and thought the first shot had been a table falling in the cafeteria. When he entered the cafeteria, teachers had already detained the suspect, he said.

FIFA August 28, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Normal - having an armed police officer in our high schools. That is just great.
Christopher Paul Schaum August 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM
they have had armed police officers in perry hall for a while now are you slow or something
JD1 August 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Every BCPS school has at least one armed school resource officer - some more.

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